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As a discipline, Data Science is growing up fast. That's my key takeaway from the 2012 Data Science Summit.

In conjunction with Facebook's record-setting IPO last Thursday, the New York Times created an infographic to put the size of the offer in context with other recent IPOs. A detail of the graphic as it appeared in the print edition appears below:

As widely reported by CNN, the Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, the sophistication of speeches by US politicians has declined in recent years, dropping from an 11th-grade level in 2005 to a 10th-grade level today.

If you want to get a quick numerical summary of a data set, the summary function gives a nice overview for data frames:

Game Theory is the mathematical study of how agents in a system make choices for their actions, in light of the fact that other agents are also making competitive choices of their actions. As the name suggests, the "system" is often some kind of game and the "agents" are players, but game theory is also used to explain the behaviour of crowd motion, business dealings, foreign relations, and even the evolution of altruism.

An interview with Revolution Analytics CEO Dave Rich was published this week by BeyeNetwork. During the interview, Dace was asked about how the statistical modeling platforms have changed over the decades:

R user Diego Valle analyzed the rate of divorces in Mexican marriage since 1993 (the earliest date for which data are available) and found that not only have more marriages ended in divorce over time, but marriages that do end are ending sooner:

R user Arthur Charpentier attempts to use the raster library and R functions to find Waldo in a "Where's Waldo" image:

Sameer Chopra, vice president of Advanced Analytics at Orbitz Worldwide, wrote recently in Analytics magazine about the changing landscape of processes, software and systems for statistical modelers. In a section on "Big Data and Open Source Analytics", Chopra lays out the reasons why the R language "has become the data-mining tool of choice for machine learners":

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