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Two recent salary surveys have shown that R language skills attract median salaries in excess of $110,000 in the United States. 

There's no shortage of web sites listing the current medal standings at Sochi, not least the official Winter Olympics Medal Tally. And here's the same tally, rendered with R:


Today I learned (via Ars Technica) that NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has produced a fantastic-looking movie Dynamic Earth, which showcases the inner workings of the Earth's climate and it's relationship with the Sun.

Every year for the past seven years, a consortium of software companies has collaborated to conduct a survey on attitudes and adoption of open-source software in business. 35 open-source companies have collaborated on this year's survey, including the Open Software Initiative, RedHat, SUSE Linux, and Revolution Analytics, and the 2014 Future of Open Source survey is now open. 

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

Princeton’s Germán Rodríguez has published a useful “Introduction to R” guide, with a focus on linear and logistic regression.

Analyst firm RedMonk periodically publishes rankings of the Top 20 programming languages, as measured by activity on StackOverflow and number of repositories on GitHub. In their most recent ranking (January 2014), R is ranked #15 amongst all programming languages. An impressive ranking for a domain-specific language; the top 3 were the general-purpose languages Java, Javascript and PHP.

If you're new to the R language but keen to get started with linear modeling or logistic regression in the language, take a look at this "Introduction to R" PDF, by Princeton's Germán Rodríguez. (There's also a browsable HTML version.)