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Another new local R user group has just started up, this time in Cleveland, OH. The Cleveland R User Group is the brainchild of R user Nicholas Hermez, and their first meeting on February 22 is a get-together to plan future topics, presenters and venues. If you're in the Cleveland area why not drop by and contribute your ideas?

As I've mentioned before, I've always found it a little awkward to introduce myself as a Statistician -- it's not exactly the greatest conversation-generator at cocktail parties (or it just turns conversation to baseball, especially post-Moneyball).

It's with great pleasure that the team at Revolution Analytics announces the winners of the inaugural "Applications of R in Business" contest:

Grand Prize ($10,000): Shannon Terry and Ben Ogorek, Nationwide Insurance for 'A Direct Marketing In-flight Forecasting System'

Last Friday I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Boulder, CO and present R and Revolution Analytics to about 20 analysts as part of the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT). It was a great pleasure to describe the vision for Revolution R Enterprise and got some great feedback from the particpants.

RBelgium is the latest local R user group to join the R community. Led by R user Jean-Baptiste Poullet, the group will host meetings on the first Friday of each month at the Alfot Hotel in Brussels, as well as weekly coffee get-togethers. The group also provides an on-line discussion forum on statistics and applications with R. 

This is just wonderful:

From the description, I'd assumed that the movie clips would be autotuned to the song, but that appears not to be the case. Matthijs Vlot spent a lot of time finding lines of (approximately) the right pitch here. I predict many other songs will follow in this vein.

Have a great weekend!

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Hadley Wickham, creator of the ggplot2 packages for R (as well as several others) will present a webinar on February 8 going behind the scenes of the popular graphics package.

A few days ago, Romain François explained how to interface with the Facebook Graph API explorer with R. This was a low-level interface, giving the R programmer the ability to the raw data that Facebook can provide about your connections. Now, just four days later, the first application in R (that I know of) based on the Facebook Graph API has been published.

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January 18, 2012

The RInside package provides C++ classes that make it easier to embed R in C++ code on many platforms. According to a post from package co-maintainer Dirk Eddelbuettel, the package has just been updated to version 0.2.6 with improved support on Windows, and compatibility with R's standard random number generator.

Last Saturday, the New York Times published a feature article on the wealthiest 1% of Americans. The on-line version of the article included interactive features like this interactive map showing where your household ranks in the country and in local regions.