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R package developer (and R-bloggers editor) Tal Galili just published the answers to a question many R users have asked: which are the most popular R packages? He wrote some R code to rank the top 100 packages by number of downloads. Here's the top 10:

A new book from Dirk Eddelbuettel, co-author of the Rcpp package, is now available. Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp can be ordered from Springer and from Amazon.

Video games are big business today: Electronic Arts (EA) generated more than 4 billion dollars in revenue last year, and they're not even the biggest player on the block.

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

Billions of geotagged Tweets create a beautiful map of the world when plotted with the ggmap package.

I've been on the hunt for new music recently, and I'm enjoying Daft Punk's latest album, Random Access Memories. The disco vibe that runs through the album is refreshing, so this fan-made music video is just perfect. It sets the music "Lose Yourself to Dance" to scenes from the 70's TV classic Soul Train:


I grew up in Australia, where I learned to speak English. Or so I thought: when I moved overseas to the UK, and especially when I moved to the States, I soon learned these are distinct cultures separated by a common language. Words which I previously had no context for being different anywhere else, such as "runners" ("sneakers"), "lemonade" (Sprite — is there even a generic name for this?) and "rubber" (eraser), were met with blank stares, confusion or even guffaws. 

The results of the 2013 KDNuggets software poll are in, with RapidMiner and R in a near-tie for first place. Of a record 1880 respondents, 737 reported using Rapid-I RapidMiner/RapidAnalytics, and 704 reported using R. Excel came in third: with 527 respondents, it was the lone commercial tool in the top 5. You can see the top 10 responses in the table below.