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RStudio has released a new package for R. Shiny allows R developers to build simple interactive Web-based interfaces for R scripts, using only R code (no JavaScript development required!). You can see some examples of Shiny in action in this blog post, and there are more details about Shiny's capabilities in this tutorial.

There's an old joke that Frequentist statisticans say about Bayesian statisticians:

"A Bayesian is one who, vaguely expecting a horse, and catching a glimpse of a donkey, strongly believes he has seen a mule."

The Bayesians get their revenge in this latest comic from XKCD:

Farming equipment manufacturer John Deere uses R, and in yesterday's webinar their manager of forecast analytics, Derek Hoffman, explained what they use it for:


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

While I'm pleased with the outcome of yesterday's election in political terms, I'm equally thrilled about the victory for Data Science versus "gut instinct", "philosophy" and "fundamentals".

In response to last week's post on the rapidly increasing ideology of the US Republican Party, Mike Lawrence suggested another way of looking at the DW-NOMINATE ideology data. Rather than simply looking at boxplots of the congress scores by party over time, we could fit a smooth curve to get a better sense of the trends over time.

An orrery is a mechanical device that models the motion of the moon and planets. This being the age of the Internet, we no longer need complicated gears, levers and cranks to simulate such motion: we can use Flash and simulate it on the Web:


I had a great time presenting my new webinar yesterday, thanks to everyone who attended "The Rise of Data Science in the Age of Big Data Analytics" and especially those who submitted questions. Sorry I didn't have time to get to them all, but feel free to ask here in the comments.