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Boris Chen, a data scientist for the New York Times, has been running since August a weekly blog with statistical analysis of NFL players, as fodder for Fantasy Football players around the country. Here's how he describes what he does: 

A quick heads-up that I'll be participating in an on-line webinar and panel discussion on the "small data" side of data science, and what Big Data practitioners can learn from statistical reasoning and expertise. Gregory Piatetsky (KDNuggets editor) will join me on the discussion. It starts at 8AM Pacific Time, and the bulk of the time will be devoted to your questions so it should be a fun interactive session.

To register for this online event hosted by Kalido, follow the link below. 

Rexer Analytics has been conducting regular polls of data miners and analytics professionals on their software choices since 2007, and the results of the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey were presented at last month's Predictive Analytics World conference in Boston.

You already know that R is an amazingly powerful language for data analysis, but what if you're not a programmer? Or, what if you want to make the data manipulations, visualizations or statistical models you've developed in R available to business analysts, marketers, managers or other non-programming types?

You've probably heard about the political trainwreck we're going through here in the US. There are many causes for what's going on, but a lot of the blame goes to the extreme polarization in US politics today. As Nate Silver notes, the degree of polarization in the Congress is higher than at any point in the 80 years.

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

Todd Schneider wrote an algorithm in R to find the "most concave" US state (it's NY), and created an animation to show how it works.

We're thrilled to have John Wallace and Tess Nesbitt from DataSong join our Fall webinar series tomorrow, with a great presentation on time to event models.

Tableau, the popular interactive data visualization tool, is coming out with a new 8.1 update, and it will include integration with the R language.