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Cortana Analytics Suite is Microsoft's cloud-based big data and advanced analytics suite. It includes a complete set of all the services need to build advanced analytics applications: from data ingestion and management, data warehousing, advanced analytics, data visualization and solution frameworks.

by Andrie de Vries

A few days ago I received an unexpected parcel in my letterbox. To my delight, it turned out to be a translation into Simplified Chinese of R for Dummies, co-authored by myself and Joris Meys. Let me clarify: Joris and I wrote the book, but were not involved in the translation at all. The Wiley publishing machine took care of all of that.

by Ari Lamstein, consultant specializing in software engineering and data analysis and author of the free email course Learn to Map Census Data in R.

Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace in the USA, uses R to estimate housing values. Zillow's signature product is the Zestimate, their estimated market value for individual homes, and it's calculated using R in a parallel batch job for 100 million homes nationwide.

Photographing an object at regular intervals over a long time period, and then stitching the results into a timelapse video, is a great way to "speed up time" and observe slow-motion changes (for example, the growth of plants). But creating a timelapse video is hard: you have to set up a camera, make sure it can't move, and take regular shots while maintaining consistent lighting from shot to shot. The longer the observation period, the harder it is: making timelapses over a period of years is just about impossible.

If you've thought about learning the R language but didn't know how to start, there's a new, free course on edX that starts you from the R basics and lets you learn R by trying R as you go.



Everyone needs to be vigilant about security on the Web today. One particular threat — the man-in-the-middle attack — is a risk anytime you are communicating over the Internet, and an attacker has access to the network between the two endpoints. This is a possibility whenever you are using the Web over an unencrypted channel, or when using an unsecured Wi-Fi access point (to name just two examples). The attacker could eavesdrop on your communications, or even alter or substitute your data.

by Gregory Vandenbrouck
Software Engineer, Microsoft

This post is the fourth in a series that covers pulling data from Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL/MariaDB on Azure to an R client on Windows or Linux.