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R is a powerful system for creating data visualizations. In fact, R gives you so many options for creating charts that it can be hard to know the best way to communicate effectively. To help you present your data as effectively as possible using R, there's a new (and free) e-book available to download: Effective Graphs with Microsoft R Open.

by Katherine Zhao, Hong Lu, Zhongmou Li, Data Scientists at Microsoft

Bicycle rental has become popular as a convenient and environmentally friendly transportation option. Accurate estimation of bike demand at different locations and different times would help bicycle-sharing systems better meet rental demand and allocate bikes to locations.

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

Lukasz Piwek recreates classic graphs from Tufte's 'The Visual Display of Quantitative Information' in R.

A preview of upcoming R conferences in Europe.

The United States contains nine cities named Rome. Like almost everywhere in the USA, those cities are connected by roads, and from every point in the country, one of those cities can be reached by the shortest road route. If you then colour the map by the Rome that is closest by road (as the folks at RedBubble have done), you create nine distinct zones in the States within which roads lead to a different Rome.

R Tools for Visual Studio, the open-source extenstion to Visual Studio that provides an IDE for the R language, has been upgraded to include several new features

The latest update, RTVS 0.3, now includes:

R 3.3.0, a major annual update to the R Language, was released earlier this week and is now available from your local CRAN mirror for Windows, Mac (OSX 10.6 or later) and Linux systems. (Or as always, you can build it yourself from sources).

When I was a kid, my favourite TV show -- by far -- was Thunderbirds. I'm not sure how popular it was in the States (it was huge in Australia and in the UK, where it was made), but it was a show where every week some perilous emergency would happen somewhere around a world of the near future, and the five Tracey sons would use their incredible machines (the five eponymous Thunderbirds) to save the day.