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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 23 - December 2011
Season's greetings, and welcome to the December edition of 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!
David Smith, VP Marketing and Community
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!
Applications of R in Business Contest. A judging panel of industry experts and R community members will decide which of the Applications of R in Business Finalists will receive the $10,000 grand prize from Revolution Analytics.
What does Revolution R Enterprise add to open source R? On December 14, Learn how R is "Ready for Business" in our live webinar. Register now for Revolution R Enterprise: 100% R and More.
Webinar: Big Data Analysis Starts with R. Join Revolution Analytics CTO David Champagne to learn how companies of all types and sizes can integrate "R" into their "big data" analytics infrastructure strategy. Register now for the live presentation on December 20.
Michigan State University speeds up research with Revolution R Enterprise. With the new distributed computing capabilities, the Statistical Computing Cluster ran four times as many jobs, and cut a big-data computation's processing time by more than 90%. Read the new case study.
The Data Step for R: our new white paper describes how to use Revolution R Enterprise to import very large data sets and transform them using the R language in our new white paper. Download the RevoScaleR Data Step White paper here.
Revolution Analytics at Hadoop World. If you missed the conference in New York, you can download slides and a video interview from a CTO David Champagne's talk: The Marriage of R and Hadoop.
Revolution Analytics in the news. IT Business Edge takes a look at Revolution R Enterprise 5.0 and how it makes Big Data enterprise-accessible; Silicon Angle focuses on the Hadoop integration; InformationWeek contrasts Revolution Analytics with SAS; the New York Times looks at low-cost options for predicting the future; and Forbes says Big Data needs to earn its keep with data analysis.
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 new, high-availability CRAN mirror from Revolution Analytics provides reliable, high-speed access to R packages for all R users located near our hosting facility in Dallas, TX. Learn how to configure R to access this mirror.
For high-quality, scalable graphics on the Web, R 2.14 now includes SVG support for Windows.
Need data? Here's a tutorial on using the Rdatamarket package to import public datasets into R.
If you need a statistics primer on using R, free books on multivariate analysis, biomedical statistics, and time series are available for download.
Every month, we highlight some upcoming events from R Community Calendar.
- December 10: The San Diego R Users Group features a presentation on predictive analytics and PMML.
- December 13: Lightning talks are the order of the day at both the Denver R Users Group (on R tricks) and the Bay Area R Users Group (on data mining with R).
- December 14: Hadley Wickham is the guest presenter speaking about tidy data at the NY Open Statistical Programming Meetup.
- December 15: The Dublin R User Group meets by the fireplace of an Irish pub.
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.