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R can do a lot of really amazing things, but to use just about any of R's many features you need to first import your data and get it into the appropriate shape. For R beginners, this "data wrangling" task can be daunting.

While most of us here in the US were enjoying the Thanksgiving Day holiday, 100 million miles away the comet ISON was rounding the sun on its first trip through the solar system. But would it also be its last?

Wondering what's in store for predictive analytics in 2014? Then don't miss the live webinar on Tuesday December 3, 14 for 14: Analytics Predictions for 2014. The webinar will feature speakers from Tableau, Cloudera, Revolution Analytics and Cloudera sharing their predictions for the coming year. The webinar is presented by Alteryx, and you can register at the link below.

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November 27, 2013

by Joseph Rickert

In this roundup of R-related news: Domino enables data science collaboration; Plotly adds an R graphics gallery; Revolution Analytics R user group sponsorship applications are open; and Quandl adds new data sets.

The twitteR package, released back in 2010, has long provided the means to access and analyze your Twitter social network data with R. But until recently, there hasn't been anything comparable for the Facebook social network.

It's pretty easy (and free!) to download R and install it on your own PC, Mac or Linux machine, but if you don't have one of those or simply aren't ready to commit to installing it, you can now try it out online. R-Fiddle (from DataMind) provides an easy-to-use interactive R console that you can run from your browser. Here's an example:

Here's a video that combines two of my favourite things: parkour videos, and Mario. Check it out:


Some impressive moves and some impressive CGI in that video. (Although Mario really needs a hat-pin!)

That's all for this week — see you on Monday. 

It's no coincidence that while the usage of the R language is skyrocketing (as shown in the recent Rexer Analytics and KDNuggets polls), the growth in data scientist jobs is also