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By now you've probably heard about the fact that Orbitz users accessing the site via Macs are seeing more expensive hotel options when they search. But it seems worth clearing up a couple of fallacies.

While the US's Major League Soccer is using advanced analytics to analyze ball movement and improve team composition, they might want to think about a smaller, but possibly more impactful, goal for analytics. Like, how to explain to an American audience what a 1-2 game means to a basketball or baseball fan not familiar with scoring in the beautiful game.

Two new local R user groups to report this week.

In Turkey, the Ankara R Users Group has just started up. No meetings are scheduled yet, so be sure to suggest a meeting time/location when you sign up.

It's not clear whether it's deliberate or just one of those coincidences inherent in Numerology, but the Tool song Lateralus appears to be based on the Fibonacci sequence:


Deliberate or not, the Hubble shots are pretty. It's not a bad song either, if you're in an early-millennium kind of mood or just like music with an unusual time signature. Either way, have a great weekend!

The UK government proposes to use data and evidence as the basis for deciding which policy initiatives to implement, in this Cabinet Office paper.

In a poster (PDF) presented at the UseR 2012 conference, FDA biostatistician Jae Brodsky reiterated the FDA policy regarding software used to prepare submissions for drug approvals with clinical trials: Sponsors may use R in their submissions.

A quick heads-up that I'll be participating in a DM Radio podcast tomorrow (June 21) to talk about Data Science. You can listen in on the live podcast at 3PM EST (and I expect there'll be a recording available, too). Here's the description:

The eighth annual R user conference, UseR! 2012, has come and gone — and what an event it was! I've been to five useR! conferences so far, and each one improves upon the last. This year's conference at Vanderbilt was the best so far: an outstanding location (my first visit to Nashville, a great city), excellent facilities (the lecture rooms at Vanderbilt were perfect), great organization, and intereresting and relevant presentations from the speakers.