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Many newcomers to R got their start learning the language with Computerworld's Beginner's Guide to R, a 6-part introduction to the basics of the language.

by Bill Jacobs, Microsoft Advanced Analytics Product Marketing

They say that time is infinite.  Seem to me data is fast becoming the same.  Or perhaps it's becoming true that our thirst for speed is providing eternal job security to computer scientists who can deliver it.

The useR! 2016 conference, the annual gathering of R users from around the world, is already underway at Stanford University. Today is a day of interactive tutorials, and the presentation program begins tomorrow.

What happens when you take the scripts from dozens of sci-fi movies and TV series, and feed them (along with a couple of seed prompts) into a long short-term memory recurrent neural network? You get this bizarre screenplay, with dialogue for three characters (named H, H, and C -- one of the H's had to be renamed H2) and stage directions like

I'm a regular user of Amazon Video: as someone who spends a fair bit of time on planes, it's great to be able to download some of my favourite shows (hello, Orphan Black and Vikings) and catch up on episodes during the trip. Amazon Video has a useful feature, too: if you forget the name of a character, or if you see an an actor and wonder what other things they've been in, you can press pause and see a list of the actors appearing in the scene:

Peter Dalgaard announced yesterday on behalf of the R core team that R 3.3.1, the latest update to the R language, is now available for download from your local CRAN mirror. As of this writing, binaries of R 3.3.1 are available for Windows and Linux; the Mac version should appear very soon.

by Lourdes O. Montenegro

Lourdes O. Montenegro is a PhD candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Her research interests cover the intersection of applied data science, technology, economics and public policy.

The forecast package for R, created and maintained by Professor Rob Hyndman of Monash University, is one of the more useful R packages available available on CRAN. Statistical forecasting — the process of predicting the future value of a time series — is used in just about every realm of data analysis, whether it's trying to predict a future stock price or trying to anticipate changes in the weather.

We've had our 6-month-old neice staying with us for the past week. She's been a joy, but we've got some catching up to do with this NZ dad when it comes to getting a little one to sleep:


Maybe it's the rugby shorts. Anyway, if you want more parenting tips, check out the How to DAD YouTube channel. 

That;s all from us here at the blog for this week. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you here on Monday!