Skip to Content

Blogs

No doubt you've heard about the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to support research into ALS. And no wonder: the meme spread like wildfire, and soon filled our Facebook feeds and Twitter timelines. You can see the spread in the graphic below, showing the locations of tweets tagged #IceBucketChallenge in early August. Check out the sudden explosion of activity around August 19:

As more companies explore the benefits that Hadoop may provide, the opportunities to better understand the technology are myriad and unequal. As a provider of in-Hadoop analytics, Revolution Analytics is participating in the coming Hortonworks seminar series. We will be on site to discuss how to deploy R-based analytics within Hadoop clusters using Revolution R Enterprise. The seminar series itself will host a number of different speakers to provide the attendees with the chance to:

by Don Boyd, Senior Fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government

The Rockefeller Institute of Government is excited to be developing models to simulate the finances of public pension funds, using R.

One of the most memorable dance moves from the past few years starts at around 4:15 in the music below:

 

The performers are the Japanese band World Order. If you like the music and moves you can find plenty of their other videos on YouTube, but this is their best-known song.

That's all for this week! Monday is a holiday here in the States, so we'll be back on Tuesday. Have a great (long, for our US readers) weekend!

by Joseph Rickert

In the first half of 2014, worldwide R user group activity continued to increase, showing impressive growth over the same periods for the past couple of years.  For the last four months, the pace has been over 50 meetings per month.

While I was in LA for the useR! 2014 conference last month, I had the great pleasure of being among the participants in the DataScienceLA interview series hosted by Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia. Eduardo is both an R user and an excellent interviewer: his preparation and knowledge of R has resuled in a fascinating interview series for any R user. 

by Norman Matloff

The American Statistical Association (ASA) leadership, and many in Statistics academia. have been undergoing a period of angst the last few years, They worry that the field of Statistics is headed for a future of reduced national influence and importance, with the feeling that:

I was visiting Napa Valley over the weekend, and at around 3:30AM on Sunday morning I awoke suddenly to what felt like some giant at the end of the bed shaking it as hard as he could. It was an earthquake. One of the scariest things about an earthquake is that when it happens, you have no idea how serious it is — you only know what it feels like where you are.