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Congratulations to Peter Aldhous and Charles Seife of Buzzfeed News, winners of the 2016 Data Journalism Award for Data Visualization of the Year. They were recognized by their reporting for Spies in the Sky, which analyzed FAA air traffic records to visulize the domestic surveillance activities of the US government.

While there are many admirable efforts to increase participation by women in STEM fields, in many programming teams men still outnumber women, often by a significant margin. Specifically by how much is a fraught question, and accurate statistics are hard to come by. Another interesting question is whether the gender disparity varies by language, and how to define a "typical programmer" for a given language.

The open-source R language is the most frequently used analytics / data science software, selected by 49% of the 2895 voters of the 2016 KDNuggets Software Poll. (R was also the top selection in last year's poll.) Python was a close second at 45.8%, and SQL was third at 35.5%.

There is, and always has been, a lot of strife in the world related to how people perceive "nationality" and "other". This moving video suggests that perhaps there might be less strife in only we all knew the nationalities of our ancestors via DNA testing.


Randy George, an expert in web map applications, has been fascinated with computer graphics (especially maps) since the early '80s. For much of that time, he says, the technology for mapping has been pretty static:

In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users. 

A 3-part tutorial on principal components regression in R: part 1part 2, and part 3.