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March 25, 2016

I love typography, and I love sci-fi, and I'm probably not alone in that combination of interests.

If you're new to the concept of predictive models, or just want to review the background on how data scientists learn from past data to predict the future, you may be interested in my talk from the Data Insights Summit, Introduction to Real-Time Predictive Modeling.


by Joseph Rickert

Last year, I wrote the New York R Conference “set the bar pretty darn high for a first time conference”. Not only was there an outstanding lineup of speakers, but the energy and enthusiasm that conference attendees brought with them, or maybe just generated on the spot, was remarkable.

Five months ago, the R Consortium asked the R Community to propose projects to benefit R users and the R project. Today, the R Consortium announced that it has awarded grants to fund seven of those projects.

This video's been around a couple of years, but until this week (thanks to Mike Olson) I'd never seen anyone solve three Rubiks cubes while juggling them and wearing a GoPro:


That's all from us at the blog for this week. See you back here next on Monday (and if you're in the Seattle area, maybe I'll see you in person at the R User Group meeting). Have a great weekend!

March Madness is upon us here in the US. This annual college basketball competition pits 64 teams in a single-elimination tournament, and the team that goes undefeated for all 6 rounds will be named NCAA Champion.

by Hong Ooi, Sr. Data Scientist, Microsoft

I’m pleased to announce the release of version 0.62 of the dplyrXdf package, a backend to dplyr that allows the use of pipeline syntax with Microsoft R Server’s Xdf files. This update adds a new verb (persist), fills some holes in support for dplyr verbs, and fixes various bugs.

Just a quick heads up that Nina Zumel, co-founder and principal consultant at Win-Vector LLC will be presenting a webinar at 10AM Pacific Time on Thursday March 17, Data Preparation Techniques with R.