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Here's something fun you can do with R and its interface to Twitter, the TwitteR package. An R script by CMU student Mark Patterson downloads your Twitter profile picture, counts the number of Twitter followers you have, and then creates a pointillist version of your profile picture with as many dots as you have followers.

As announced this morning on mailing list, R 3.1.0 (codenamed "Spring Dance") has been released. The source code is available now; as of this writing binary versions haven't yet appeared on CRAN or propagated to the mirrors, but I expect they'll be available in a day or two.

You can check out the full list of changes in the Release Notes, but the highlights include:

by Mike Bowles 

Mike Bowles is a machine learning expert and serial entrepreneur. This is the second post in what is envisioned as a four part series that began with Mike's Thumbnail History of Ensemble Models.

In a November 2013 TED talk, Philip Evans describes how data will transform business by fundamentally reshaping strategy. He describes how as the internet revolution moves into its third decade — defined by data sharing — that falling transaction costs are removing the glue holding vertically integrated companies together and allowing smaller, more focused companies to compete and thrive.


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

Francis Smart offers five excellent reasons to use R, and notes that R is the top Google Search for statistical software. 

If you've got some time to kill this weekend, try this web-based number-matching game, 2048. The goal is to move tiles left, right up and down while merging tiles with the same numbers to create the ultimate 2048 tile. (Based on personal experience, you might want more than a little time — it's quite addictive.)

FastCompany magazine recently published an in-depth feature on Open Science, with a focus on the R language and the ROpenSci project. If you're not familiar with ROpenSci, the article gives a nice introduction from Ted Hart, a member of the ROpenSci development team: