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I'm very proud to have been selected today for Big Data Republic's list of the Top 20 Big Data Twitter accounts. With such Big Data practitioners, analysts and thought leaders like Kirk Borne, Hilary Mason, Pete Skomoroch, Mike Olson and Doug Henshchen on the list, I'm humbled to be listed at #3.

The OpenData StackExchange site has just launched in beta, and looks to be a great resource for open data sources. Like StackOverflow for programming and CrossValidated for statistics,  OpenData is is a question and answer site for developers and researchers interested in open data.

So when the world is taken over by a Zombie horde, you're going to want to figure out a way to get the human population to safety. This R script by econometrician Francis Smart won't help you do that exactly, but given a list of waypoints to navigate through zombie-infested lands to a safe house, it will tell you how many how many members of your human party survive: 

Ahh, arguing on the Internet. Whether it's about politics, religion, culture or science, if you're anything like me you've had 1000 online arguments and changed the mind of exactly nobody. Still, it's fun to exercise those debating muscles, and now with the handy website thou shalt not commit logical fallacies you have the perfect riposte to any invalid, inappropriate or just plain wrong argument (click for the full version):

The R core group has quickly followed up with a patch to R version 3. Announced yesterday, R 3.0.1 (code name: "Good Sport") improves serialization performance with big objects, improves reliability for parallel programming and fixes a few minor bugs.

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.

As someone who trained as a statistician, I've always struggled with that title. I love the rigor and insight that Statistics brings to data analysis, but let's face it: Statistics — the name — has always had a bit of a branding problem. Telling someone I was a statistician was more likely to conjure up images of me counting runs at a baseball (or cricket) game than pursuing serious science.

The community team at Revolution Analytics has just updated this list of resources to learn about R on the Web. Included is this list of the top 3 resources for absolute beginners getting started with R: