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Github has made data on its code repositories, developer updates, forks etc. from the public GitHub timeline available for analysis, and is offering prizes for the most interesting visualization of the data. Sounds like a great challenge for R programmers!

The latest local R user group to join the fold is the Köln R User Group, now the sixth R user group in Germany. Their first group meeting will be on July 6, with presentations on ANOVA, ggplot2 graphics in Deducer, and writing R code with Emacs's Org-mode. If you're in the Cologne area, this would be a great group to get involved with.

MeetUp: Köln R User Group

Information Age recently published a feature article devoted to the R language, "Putting the R in analytics". Says author Pete Swabey:

Already popular in universities, there are signs that R is finding increasing adoption in the enterprise. This promises to lower the barriers of entry for advanced analytics, and may accelerate the mathemitisation of business management.

Check out this cover of Goyte's "Somebody That I Used to Know", played on a single guitar by all five members of Walk Off The Earth:


With more than 5,000 R packages now available (from the CRAN and BioConductor repositories), for any statistical or data analysis procedure you can confidently say, "there's a package for that".

The term "Data Science" has been around longer than you might think. Gil Press has researched the evolution of the use of the term, from the first definition by Peter Naur in 1974, to Bill Cleveland's 2001 paper, and Drew Conway's "Data Science Venn Diagram", introduced in 2010.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating and complex disease with an unknown cause — and for which there is currently no cure. The SUNY Buffalo is home to one of the leading multiple sclerosis (MS) research centers in the world, and as reported in Healthcare IT News, the research team is using

If you're just getting started with the R language, R user Pairach Piboonrungroj has published a handly list of 20 free R tutorials published by university departments.

For those looking for an in-depth workshop on financial engineering with R, look no further than the R/Rmetrics Workshop and Summer School held annually in beautiful Meielisalp, Switzerland. This is an intimate workshop limited to around 50 participants, and features tutorials from leading practitioners in finance with R. This year's workshop takes plase June 24-28. You can find the announcement from the Rmetrics Foundation below, and you can register for the workshop here:

Ted Harding posed an interesting puzzle challenge on the r-help mailing list recently. Here's the puzzle:

Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. up to 17.

Can you write out all seventeen numbers in a line so that every pair of numbers that are next to each other, adds up to give a square number?