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Thanks to Dr George Esaw, I recently learned that Ross Ihaka, co-creator of R, was featured in a full-page advertisement placed in The Economist by the University of Auckland back in April:

Image credit: The Economist / University of Auckland (via George Esaw)

Click on the image for a larger version, and if you can't read the text I've reproduced it here:

By Andrie de Vries

Note by the editor after publication:

In the original post we neglected to give a shout out to Steve Weston, who continues to be the prime driver of new functionality for foreach, iterators and their backends.

The new progress bar functionality as described in this post is all the work of Steve Weston (StackOverflow profile).

by Hong Ooi
Sr. Data Scientist, Microsoft

The dplyr package is a popular toolkit for data transformation and manipulation. Over the last year and a half, dplyr has become a hot topic in the R community, for the way in which it streamlines and simplifies many common data manipulation tasks.

I'm honoured to be giving the opening keynote at the Effective Applications of R Conference (EARL) Conference in Boston on November 2. My presentation will be on the business economics and opportunity of open source data science, with a focus on applications that are now possible given the convergence of big data platforms, cloud technology, and data science software (especially R) charged by the contributions of the open source community.

Neutrinos, the so-called ghost particles, are notoriously difficult to detect. Billions of them generated by the Sun pass through your body every second -- and at night, that's after passing through the entire Earth -- and you never notice, because they hardly every interact with anything. Their antimatter cousin, the antineutrino, is similarly ghostly but just a little easier to detect ...

If you work with both Matlab and R, the R.matlab package maintained by Henrik Bengtsson on CRAN helps you to connect the two environments by allowing you to read and write Matlab's MAT data file format from R (even if you don't have Matlab installed). This allows you to pass data between Matlab and R via the filesystem.

by Andrie de Vries

The second week of SQLRelay (#SQLRelay) kicked off in London earlier this week. SQLRelay is a series of conferences, spanning 10 cities in the United Kingdom over two weeks. The London agenda included 4 different streams, with tracks for the DBA, BI and Analytics users, as well as a workshop track with two separate tutorials.

by Michele Usuelli
Microsoft Data Scientist

Azure Machine Learning Studio is a drag-and-drop tool to deploy data-driven solutions. It contains pre-built items including data preparation tools and Machine Learning algorithms. In addition, it allows to include R and Python custom scripts.