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August 14, 2015

This just in from the R Core Team: R 3.2.2 has been released. With this update, data accessed over the Web -- including files downloaded using download.file via URLS, and packages installed install.packages -- will be transmitted using the secure HTTPS protocol.

by Andrie de Vries

This week at JSM2015, the annual conference of the American Statistical Association, Joseph Rickert and I gave a presentation on the topic of "The network structure of CRAN and BioConductor" (link to abstract).

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

An alternative to stacked bar charts with the streamgraphs package.

Joseph Rickert shares his process for creating the monthly new and updated packages "spotlight" feature on MRAN.

A couple of lads wanted to set a world record by shooting a basket from the top of the 415-ft high Gordon Dam in Tasmania. They made the basket, but that wasn't coolest bit. In a second attempt, they gave the basketball a bit of backspin, and well ... just see how far it flew:


There's a new podcast in town, and it's focused on R. Four members of the R community (Oliver Keyes, Wikimedia Foundation; Jasmine Dumas. DePaul University; Ted Hart, Silcon Valley "fruit vendor"; and Mikhail Popov, Wikimedia Foundation) have banded together to produce R Talk, a podcast about "the R Programming language, featuring news, interviews and dives into how R is used in different academic and indutry fields".

by Andrie de Vries

In a previous post, I used page rank and community structure to create a plot of CRAN.  This plot used vibrant colours to allow us to see some of the underlying structure of CRAN.

However, much of this structure was still obfuscated by the amount of detail. Concretely, a large number of dots (packages) made it difficult to easily see the community structure.