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Last week, the New York Times published online an interactive tool to explore NFL draft picks, revealing the fact that there's not much relationship between an early pick and the star performers in the season:

by Thomas Dinsmore

On April 26, SAS published on its website an undated Technical Paper entitled Big Data Analytics: Benchmarking SAS, R and Mahout.  In the paper, the authors (Allison J. Ames, Ralph Abbey and Wayne Thompson) describe a recent project to compare model quality, product completeness and ease of use for two SAS products together with open source R and Apache Mahout.

Major retailers like Williams Sonoma use UpStream Software for marketing analytics, including revenue attribution, targeting, and optimization.

Revolution R Enterprise 6.2 is now available, and includes many new features that enhance the performance, scalability and enterprise readiness of R. On May 1, product manager Thomas Dinsmore will give an overview of the new features in a 30-minute webinar.

You probably thought you knew all of these tech tips, but I bet there'll be at least one that you'll find useful. In my case, as someone that always trie to use the keyboard instead of the mouse, I never new you could use shift-space to go back up a page in a browser. Handy!


Here's one I'd add to the list: you can use alt-TAB to switch to a different application (or cmd-TAB on a Mac). I'm always surprised how many people don't know that one.

Enjoy your weekend!

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

We are pleased to announce that Revolution R Enterprise Release 6.2 is available to new subscribers today. This new software release from Revolution Analytics includes a number of key new features:

If you didn't manage to catch Coursera's Data Analysis course, don't despair. Instructor Jeff Leek has made the course videos available on YouTube, which you can review at your leisure to learn how to plan, carry out, and communicate analyses of real data sets with R.

Revolution Analytics has been named among the "CRN Big Data 100", a collection of 100 companies selected by the CRN editorial team that have demonstrated an ability to innovate in bringing to market products and technologies that help businesses manage big data.