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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 19 - August 2011

Welcome to the August edition of the Revolution Newsletter! Every month, we bring you the latest news about R from Revolution Analytics and around the Web. We 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 and Community

Twitter: @revodavid



Portfolio Optimization with Rmetrics


On September 8-9 in New York City, the world-renowned Rmetrics Association along with Revolution Analytics will be offering "Portfolio Selection and Optimization in Practice," a high quality training course in advanced portfolio selection and optimization based on the "Portfolio Optimization with R/ RMetrics" eBook. This two-day course consists of four sessions of detailed instructions complemented by interactive practice sessions.

Students will get hands-on experience with purpose-built, open source algorithms that have been specifically developed for financial risk management and portfolio optimization. Because these are open-source, students can take them back to the office with them at the end of the class and be able to use them right away.

Registration is limited to 30 to assure close collaboration among participants and presenter. Register now to secure your seat.

Revolution News

Every month, we 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!

Free 30-minute introduction to Revolution R Enterprise. On Wednesday August 24, author and blogger David Smith will explain how Revolution Analytics builds on the power of open source R in this on-line webinar. Register now for Revolution R Enterprise: 100% R and More.

RCPP Master Class: High-performance R programming. R expert and package author Dirk Eddelbuettel will provide six hours of detailed and hands-on instructions and discussions on making R code run lightning-fast with the Rcpp package in an intimate small-group setting. Register now for workshops in New York (September 24) and San Francisco (October 8).

Revolution Analytics sponsors R user conference. The annual conference of R users worldwide, useR! 2011, takes place next week at Warwick University in the UK. The Revolution Analytics team will be there with presentations on Big Data, a new task-based GUI for R, the R ecosystem, and more.

Revolution R Enterprise helps leading businesses in new case studies from Marketo and Asia Capital Reinsurance. And see how R helps ANZ Bank, Orbitz, Google, Facebook and many others in our new list of Companies using R.

Get a sneak preview of Revolution R Enterprise 5.0 in this video demonstration of a logistic regression on 1.2 billion rows of data.

Revolution Analytics in the News: InformationWeek reviews Revolution R as a low-cost alternative to SAS; Revolution Analytics' David Smith gives five real-world examples of big-data analysis with R at GigaOm; Silicon Angle looks at the Big Analytics developments at Revolution Analytics; and NetworkWorld reviews the findings of our survey on Big Data issues.

A 60-second survey about R: Please take a moment to complete this short survey on R usage at your organization.

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.

A simulation in R finds the value (or disadvantage) or drawing an X, J, Q or Z in Scrabble.

How to display high-quality graphics on the web using SVG output from R.

In an online video, R Core Member Paul Murrell describes how to incorporate images into data graphics using the new raster image support in R.

Airline analyst Jeffrey Breen uses data from Twitter and sentiment analysis in R to find which airlines receive the most complaints.

See how the GoogleVis package in R is used to create motion charts used on the Lloyds Insurance website.

A profile of Jeff Ryan, R user and creator of the xts and quantmod packages.

Upcoming Events

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

  • August 16-18: UseR! 2011, the annual R User Conference takes place at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK.
  • August 16: The Chicago R User Group presents "Big Data: Hadoop Meets R".
  • August 17: The San Diego R User Group looks at two subjects -- the new R5 Object System in R 2.12; and accessing public genomic data.
  • August 21-26: ISI 2011, the 58th International Statistical Institute Word Congress is being held in Dublin, Ireland.
  • August 24:

    - The Sydney Users of R Forum (SURF) will explore statistical and analytic techniques around the sport of Australian Rules Football

    - The Denver R User Group holds an overview of IDEs for R.

Please let us know if we're missing your R user group. If you're interested in starting a local R user group in your area, Revolution Analytics offers sponsorships for both new and established groups -- and has published some tips for starting a new R user group.