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Coursera's introductory "Statistics One" course uses R for the practical data analysus exercises. To support course participants, Princeton University grad student Laura Suttle created a series of web videos introducing the R interface.

This acrylic sculpture was created not by carving out the lighting design by hand, but in a split second with the tap of a nail:

An expressive programming language allows developers to implement algorithms quickly, by using high-level concepts and leaving the details to the language implementation. The result is clearer, more maintainable code that can be created in less time. (Although shorter code isn't always better, especially when taken to extremes.)

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

If you often find yourself cutting-and-pasting charts or tables generated in R into PowerPoint or Keynote, you might want to take a look at Slidify. Created by R user Ramnath Vaidyanathan, Slidify is an R package that allows you to use R Markdown to define the slide content and automatically embed R output.

Tomorrow at 9AM 10AM Pacific, Revolution Analytics VP of Product Development Sue Ranney will introduce two key Big Data features of the new Revolution R Enterprise 6.1. Now you can train classification and regression trees on data sets of unlimited size, quickly and using the resources of multiple processors and clusters.

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: