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by James Paul Peruvankal, Senior Program Manager at Revolution Analytics

CARE International is a humanitarian organization that is leading the charge to fight poverty around the world, with a focus on empowering women and girls. On March 28 in Atlanta, CARE is teaming up with Booz Allen Hamilton, Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Revolution Analytics to bring data scientists together to use R to explore some of CARE's data troves and — hopefully! — make discoveries that will further CARE's mission.

I confess that I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, which is probably why I found this song and video so amusing (via Sullivan):


If you want more animals behaving badly, check this out. Have a great weekend, and we'll be back on Monday!

In June 2013, the conflict between opposition and government forces around the Syrian city of Aleppo had intensified. Rockets struck residential districts, and car-bombs exploded near key facilities.


Many people died. But as is common in conflict areas, the reports of the number of dead varied by the source of the information. While some agencies reported a surge in casualties in the Aleppo area around June 2013, others did not.

The worldwide R user conference, useR! 2014, will take in Los Angeles, June 30-July 3. If you're an R user, or just interested in learning about what R can do first-hand from members of the R community, this is the conference to attend.

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

A statistical analysis of various forecasting methods (using R) leads to correct predictions for 21 of 24 Oscars awards

In 1990, 87% of Americans could be uniquely identified given only their gender, date of birth and the 5-digit ZIP. You can check how easily you can be identified using those three data points here, and vastly more data is available about individuals today compared to 24 years ago. In this brave new world of social sharing, open data and data security revelations, data privacy is a big issue for consumers and businesses alike. 

The image below alternates between two versions of the same photograph. There is one difference between the two pictures. Can you spot the difference?

(Image below the jump — the flashing can be a bit taxing on the eyes.)