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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 1 - February 2010


Welcome to the first edition of the Revolution Newsletter! Every month, we'll bring you the latest news about R from Revolution Analytics and around the Web. We'll include tips and tricks on using R, events of interest to the R community, and information about products and initiatives from the team at Revolution Analytics. This newsletter is for you, so let us know what you think-send us feedback at my email address below. If you find this newsletter valuable, forward it to your friends. And if you've received this newsletter from a friend, you can subscribe here to get your own copy each month. Enjoy!

Your editor,

David Smith, VP Marketing


Revolution News

Every month, we'll bring you the latest news about REvolution's products and events in this section.

New Management team, HQ and Investment for REvolution

In case you missed the news, REvolution Computing recently received a major round of funding from Northbridge Venture Partners and Intel Capital. In October, Statistics software veteran Norman Nie joined the team as REvolution's CEO. (Norman founded SPSS in 1968, is the author of several award-winning books, and has held professorships at the University of Chicago and Stanford University.) And finally REvolution has set up new headquarters in Silicon Valley, moving our office from New Haven to Palo Alto, California.

New additions to REvolution's Board of Directors

REvolution also receiving guidance from new members on its Board of Directors. Finance veteran Donald Nickelson has joined the board, as has Robert Gentleman: renowned scientist, member of the R Core Group, and co-creator of R. We are very pleased to welcome Donald and Robert to the team.

Did you miss the "Introduction to R" Webinar?

Our recent webinar introducing R, "The R Project: Data Analysis for Statistical Graphics for the Enterprise" was a great success with over 400 registered attendees. If you couldn't make it, don't despair: recorded video from the 30-minute session is now available. If you have friends or colleagues that might benefit from using R but aren't sure what it's all about, this is a great way to introduce them to the R Project. And even if you've been using R yourself, you might want to check out the slides from the session-we've had rave reviews about the useful links and resources they contain. Download the slides here.

REvolution R Enterprise 3.1 for Windows now available

REvolution R Enterprise is now supported on 64-bit Windows, bringing the capability to analyze even larger data sets to the groundbreaking R Productivity Environment for developing and debugging R code. If you're already a subscriber you've already received information on how to obtain the update. If you're not a subscriber, why not come along to our live, free webinar on February 23, 7 Ways to Increase your R Productivity, to learn what REvolution R Enterprise can do for you?

R News, Tips and Tricks from the Revolutions blog

The Revolutions blog brings you daily news and tips about R, statistics and open source. Here are some highlights from Revolutions from the month of January.

Did you know that you can download maps from Google in R, and use them as the background for charts of geographic data? Here's how.

The big-data capabilities of REvolution R Enterprise on 64-bit Windows revealed some surprising insights into the political climate behind the results of January's US Senate special election in Massachusetts. See what the analysis revealed.

There's a new book on the R Language from O'Reilly, featuring a harpy eagle on the cover. It's called R in a Nutshell, and you can read our review here.

Using SAS or SPSS, and looking for equivalent packages in R for your analysis? Here's a handy table.

Looking for more R tips and tricks? Check out the monthly round-ups at the Revolutions blog.

Upcoming Events

Every month, we'll highlight some upcoming events from R Community Calendar.

February 16 (San Francisco): Cocktail Reception at Predictive Analytics World

REvolution Computing is hosting a cocktail reception at the Predictive Analytics World (PAW) conference in San Francisco, on February 16 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM in the Palace Hotel. It's free to attend (you don't need to be registered for PAW) so come along and mingle over drinks with fellow R users. Enter our raffle on-site to win a free copy of REvolution R Enterprise 3.1, and more!

February 16 (San Francisco): Bay Area R User Group Meeting

After the cocktail reception at PAW, stay for the February meeting of the Bay Area R User's Group. Here, you can meet fellow R users in the Bay Area and hear ACM Software Systems award winner and R Core Group member John Chambers give a keynote talk on the R language. This event is free of charge and all are welcome.

February 17 (Seattle): Seattle R User's Group Meeting

The Seattle R User Group holds its next meeting at the Microsoft campus, to discuss developing packages for R, February 17th at 7:30PM.

Febrary 23 (Webinar): 7 Ways to Increase your R Productivity

R blogger and author David Smith will host an on-line webinar showing you to how to increase your productivity programming in R with the new REvolution R Enterprise 3.1 for Windows. The live presentation starts at 9AM US Pacific time (GMT+8). It's free to register but seats are limited, so be sure to sign up soon.


Looking for more R events in your local area? Check our directory of Local R User Groups for other meetings.