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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 12 - Jan 2011


Welcome to a special end-of-year edition of the Revolution Newsletter! It's been an exciting year for the growing team here at Revolution Analytics, and we're proud to be bringing power, productivity, and enterprise readiness to Revolution R and helping make R ready for business. Since we announced our roadmap in May of this year, we've already delivered several of the key elements and initiatives:

  • We released the RevoScaleR 'Big Data' package to scale statistical analysis in R to terabyte-class datasets.
  • We released the RevoDeployR Server, enabling Web Service-based application integration, deployment and administration for R.
  • We released Revolution R Enterprise 4, with new and updated performance and productivity features.
  • We launched our Academic Program, making Revolution R Enterprise available free-of-charge to the academic community.
  • We launched the inside-R.org website, an excellent free online resource for the R community.
  • We released and updated several open-source packages for R on the CRAN network, including the iterators object type, foreach for iterative programming, and the doMC and doSNOW packages for parallel programming.

We have much more to come in 2011, including the next major component of our roadmap: an easy-to-use graphical user interface for R. Stay tuned for more news next year!

Your editor,

David Smith, VP Marketing

david@revolutionanalytics.com

Twitter: @revodavid

Welcome to the first Revolution Newsletter of the 2011! 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

david@revolutionanalytics.com

Twitter: @revodavid

 

Free Webinar January 26: Portfolio Design, Optimization and Stability Analysis

This Wednesday, join Diethelm Wurtz of the Rmetrics Association for an in-depth live webinar on current and recent developments and tools for portfolio design, optimization and stability analysis with the R/Rmetrics software environment. This webinar is a must-see for anyone with an interest in quantitative finance with R. Register Now.

Revolution News

Every month, we'll bring you the latest news about Revolution's products and events in this section. Follow us on Twitter at @RevolutionR for up-to-the-minute news and updates from Revolution Analytics!

Breaking News! Revolution Analytics Launches Sponsorship Program for R User Groups

R user groups bring together data scientists from a diverse pool of backgrounds for knowledge and experience exchange. Revolution Analytics understands how invaluable these groups are to the continued evolution of R and now offers a program extending support and funding to R user groups.

See you at Strata! O'Reilly's Strata: Making Data Work conference takes place February 1-3, in Santa Clara, CA. Come and meet the Revolution team at Booth 204.

R is Ready for Business in 2011! Read how Revolution Analytics is has brought the power of R to over 100 new companies in our year-end review.

Coronary artery disease is a serious health issue that is now more easily detected thanks to a new blood test created by CardioDX. Learn how the speed and big-data capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise helped to create this test by analyzing 10 gigabytes of genomic data.

What is Data Science? Revolution Analytics' CEO David Champagne reviews this hot "new" discipline in an article at TDWI.

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 past month.

The Facebook Data Team used R's ggplot2 package to analyze trends in status updates of Facebook users.

On the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, data journalist Peter Aldhous used R to create an animation of all earthquakes in the past year to put the Haiti event in context.

In a competition to understand the behavior of Firefox users, many of the best entries used R to visualize browsing habits.

Issue 2 of The R Journal is out, with articles on using GPU processing to fit Bayesian models in R, processing text data in R, solving differential equations in R, and much more.

We reviewed the top 10 stories on the Revolutions blog in 2010.

Upcoming Events

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

Please let us know if we're missing your R user group, or if want to get a new one started.

Finally, in conference news, the R/Finance conference in Chicago is offering travel grants to students, and submissions are now open for talks at the annual R User Conference, useR!.