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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 2 - March 2010


Welcome to the second 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!

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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.

REvolution Keeps on Growing

We're proud to announce that Tex Hull, co-founder of SPSS with CEO Norman Nie, has joined our engineering group to work on making REvolution R Enterprise even more efficient in handling large data sets. And as reported in Intelligent Enterprise and Information Week, former MySQL executive Zack Urlocker has joined REvolution's board of directors. We welcome Tex and Zack and the experience they bring to our team.

Did you miss the "7 Ways to Increase your R Productivity" webinar?

More than 250 people registered for our recent webinar on the R Productivity Environment for REvolution R Enterprise 3, but if you missed it, it's now available for replay. You can download the slides as a PDF document, too.

REvolution is hiring!

We're looking for a talented developer to work on high-performance computing and parallel programming applications. Check our Careers page for more details.

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 February.

Mosiac Plots (or Tree Maps) are a great way to visualize hierarchical data (such as sales by customers within regions within countries), and they're easy to create in R. Here's how.

Looking to speed up your R code? The Rprof function is a useful tool for finding where your code is spending the most time, to target the best sites for optimization. Read how one R user cut running time from hours to minutes.

R is fast becoming a powerhouse for predictive analytics. Read how one consultant built social networks from 10Gb of mobile phone call data to predict future churn.

New user-contributed packages are added to CRAN all the time, extending the capabilities of REvolution R. Read about the latest packages and updates.

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.

March 11 (Rockville, MD) DC R User Group

The new DC useR Group holds its first meeting for 2010. All R users welcome.

March 17-18 (San Francisco, CA) Open Source Business Conference

OSBC 2010 is the premier conference for Open Source in the Enterprise. The team from REvolution Computing will be there -- come along and say hello!

March 17 (Seattle, WA) Seattle R User Group

R users in the Puget Sound area will be meeting in downtown Seattle for the Seattle useR group. All welcome.

March 25 (New York, NY) New York R Statistical Programming Meetup

The New York R User Group's topic for this month's meeting is "R and Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo".

April 16-17 (Chicago, IL) R/Finance 2010

This two-day conference will cover uses of R for portfolio management, time series analysis, advanced risk tools, high-performance computing, econometrics and more.