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We've mentioned before how you can use R to design 3-D objects. Now, thanks to the latest version of the rgl package, you can produce real-world 3-D objects with R as well.

The rgl package has long made it possible to create virtual 3-D objects in R, and export them as animations like this:


'If you mindlessly apply "'data' is always plural", in the manner of a word-processor grammar checker, you'll end up with hideous infelicities like "big data are helping banks", and you'll look stupid as well as precious. So don't do that.', says Tom Chivers at The Telegraph. (via Matt Asay)

Sean Taylor, a PhD candidate in Information Systems at NYU’s Stern School of Business, describes the "Statistics Software Signal" and his observation that some software packages are correlated with bad science.

Ringing in the New Year, Peter Dalgaard announced yesterday on behalf of the entire R Core Team that the R language will graduate to Version 3 around April 1. This is only the third time that R has incremented its primary version number. Version 1.0.0 (released on February 29, 2000) was the first version deemed stable for production use. R moved to version 2.0.0 on October 4, 2004 once some major language features (the S4 object system) and platforms (MacOS) were established.

Today's the Christmas holiday in the US and many other places around the world. Wherever you may be, have a happy and safe holiday season. Best wishes go to our customers, partners and the entire R community from the team at Revolution Analytics. 

Some of the Revolution Analytics team (and significant others) photographed at our holiday party at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle.

The is.R blog has been on a roll in December with their Advent CalendaR feature: daily tips about R to unwrap each day leading up to Christmas. If you haven't been following it, start with today's post and scroll down. Sadly there isn't a tag to collect all these great posts together, but here are a few highlights:

I love optical illusions (like this and this and these), not just because they're fun, but also because they give us insights into how the brain processes sensory information.

The latest issue of the bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal about R, the R Journal, is now available for download.