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Ahh, arguing on the Internet. Whether it's about politics, religion, culture or science, if you're anything like me you've had 1000 online arguments and changed the mind of exactly nobody. Still, it's fun to exercise those debating muscles, and now with the handy website thou shalt not commit logical fallacies you have the perfect riposte to any invalid, inappropriate or just plain wrong argument (click for the full version):

The R core group has quickly followed up with a patch to R version 3. Announced yesterday, R 3.0.1 (code name: "Good Sport") improves serialization performance with big objects, improves reliability for parallel programming and fixes a few minor bugs.

The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you can read the full May edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email.

As someone who trained as a statistician, I've always struggled with that title. I love the rigor and insight that Statistics brings to data analysis, but let's face it: Statistics — the name — has always had a bit of a branding problem. Telling someone I was a statistician was more likely to conjure up images of me counting runs at a baseball (or cricket) game than pursuing serious science.

The community team at Revolution Analytics has just updated this list of resources to learn about R on the Web. Included is this list of the top 3 resources for absolute beginners getting started with R:

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

A critique of a SAS whitepaper comparing the performance of SAS, R and Mahout.

At the aptly named website bolid.es you can see this nifty animation of all the meteorites that have been observed to land on Earth, from 861 to this February's spectacular event in Russia:

A quick note that I'll be giving my take on the question, "What is a Data Science" along with Carla Gentry (Analytical Solutions, @data_nerd on Twitter) and Gregory Piatetsky (KDNuggets, @kdnuggets on Twitter) in a free webinar this Tuesday, May 14.