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News is starting to leak that the Large Hadron Collider may have accomplished its primary mission of confirming the existence of the hypothesised and heretofore elusive subatomic particle, the Higgs Boson.

R is an incredibly comprehensive statistics package. Even if you just look at the standard R distribution (the base and recommended packages), R can do pretty much everything you need for data manipulation, visualization, and statistical analysis. And for everything else, there's more than 5000 packages on CRAN and other repositories, and the big-data capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise. A

Speaking of family issues, this video by Emanuele Colombo is adorable:

This being a statistics blog, I have to take a small issue with the calculation, though. Let's look at the math:

Wanting to start a family the natural way? For a healthy 45-year-old woman, you may be in for a five-year wait.

R''s glm function for generalized linear modeling is very powerful and flexible: it supports all of the standard model types (binomial/logistic, Gamma, Poisson, etc.) and in fact you can fit any distribution in the exponential family (with the family argument).

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!