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As a gamer, I was especially interested to see what Electronic Art's Rajat Taneja had to say about big data challenges in video games. Here are some of the key stats from his talk at Strata Santa Clatra 2013:

The final installment of the R 2.x series is now available: R 2.15.3 was released this morning. If you build R yourself, the source files can be downloaded from CRAN now; pre-built binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux will be available from the various CRAN mirrors over the next few days. This update mainly fixes a few minor bugs, and is a drop-in replacement for R 2.15.2.

At Tuesday's Data Driven Business Day at the Strata conference I gave my talk, Real-time Big Data Predictive Analytics: From Deployment to Production. My goal in the talk was to explain the buzz-phrases "real time", "big data" and "predictive examples" in the context of a specific example: why are some web ads today uncannily targeted at our personal interests or needs? 

Today, there are two main ways to use Hadoop with R and big data:

1. Use the open-source rmr package to write map-reduce tasks in R (running within the Hadoop cluster - great for data distillation!)

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

I can barely get my Ar.Drone to land on the box it came on (I am not a good drone pilot), but these quadrocopters from can frickin' juggle (with thanks to Donnie Berkholz):


A new book by Jeffrey Stanton from Syracuse Iniversity School of Information Studies, An Introduction to Data Science, is now available for free download.

Had a great time earlier this week on a Google Hangout as part of the IBM Opinionated Infrastructure series. Moderator James Governor (analyst from RedMonk) kept the conversation lively, with topics ranging from to the value of information to the benefits of predictive analytics and evolution of Hadoop. R gets a mention at several points in the conversation, which you can catch in the replay embedded below.