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I'm speaking at the DataWeek conference in San Francisco today. My talk follows Skylar Lyon from Accenture — I'm really looking forward to hearing how he uses Revolution R Enterprise with Teradata Database to run R in-database with 400 million rows of data. Update: Here are Skylar's slides.


The R Foundation for Statistical Computing, the Vienna-based non-profit organization that oversees the R Project, has just added several new "ordinary members".

Graduate student Clay McLeod decided to find out what makes a post on the social-sharing site Reddit popular. These are the questions he seeks to answer:

There's a new online lifestyle magazine for data scientists with a machine-learning bent: ML Daily. (Thanks to reader SG for the tip.)

Check it out for lots of useful articles, including:

Google has just released a new package for R: CausalImpact. Amongst many other things, this package allows Google to resolve the classical conundrum: how can we asses the impact of an intervention (for example, the effect of an advertising campaign on website clicks) when we can't know what would have happened if we hadn't run the campaign?

by Joseph Rickert

The days are getting shorter here in California and the summer R conferences UseR!2014 and JSM are behind us, but there are still some very fine conferences for R users to look forward to before the year ends. 

DataScience.LA has posted a great recap of the latest LA R meetup, which in turn was a recap of presentations from the useR! 2014 conference. Follow that link to review slides from the event, whith summaries of useR!

by Seth Mottaghinejad

Let's review the Collatz conjecture, which says that given a positive integer n, the following recursive algorithm will always terminate:

If you've ever needed to create a document — Word, PDF, HTML or even slides — that combines text with R output, graphics or code, you should check out R Markdown (from the good folks at RStudio). From just one file, you can easily create output like this (from the Tufte Handout template):

In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users:  

R is the most popular software in the KDNuggets poll for the 4th year running.