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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 24 - January 2012

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 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



Reflections on 2011


Last year was a big one for Revolution Analytics, with new products, new partners and being named as a Gartner Cool Vendor. Join Revolution Analytics CEO as he reflects on the accomplishments of 2011 in this open letter to our customers.

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!

Revolution Analytics Winter Webinar Series. A brand-new series of webinars for 2012 kicks off on February 8 with "A backstage tour of ggplot2" by package developer and data visualization expert Hadley Wickham. Click here for a complete schedule of upcoming webinars on in-database analytics with R and Netezza, analyzing loans and portfolios, actuarial analysis, model implementation and adoption, and much more.

Applications of R in Business Contest. The results are in -- many thanks to the expert judging panel who have selected the winners of the inaugural Applications of R in Business Contest. Stay tuned for our announcement at the end of January when we award $20,000 in cash prizes to the winning contestants.

Wanted: Sales Engineers. Revolution Analytics is looking for people who are passionate about R, have experience with data analysis in an enterprise data environment, and love working with customers. Could this be you? For more information, see our careers page.

Frequently Asked Questions about Revolution R Enterprise. If you're using Revolution R Enterprise (or just getting started), our Support team has provided extensive online FAQs to help you. Check them out for tips on using Revolution R Enterprise on Windows, working with big data with RevoScaleR, and deploying R via Web Services with RevoDeployR.

Revolution Analytics: Startup to Watch. Silicon Angle selected five open-source startups to watch in 2012, and Revolution Analytics is on the list.

New features coming soon: Revolution Analytics has new features in the works and we're looking for beta testers! In an upcoming release, Revolution R Enterprise will support distributed computing for Linux (RHEL) using Platform Computing's LSF. We're also rolling out support for "big data" generalized linear models (GLM). If you're an LSF shop, or if you're interested in estimating GLM models such as Poisson, Gamma, or Tweedie on large data sets -- or even better, if you'd like to estimate them on an LSF cluster--please contact us now! The beta is planned for February. Email if you'd like to participate.

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.

'R in Action' is a new book by Robert Kabacoff (author of the useful Quick-R website) that provides practical solutions for business developers using R. Here's our review.

The December 2011 issue of the R Journal includes many useful R resources, including integrating R with Excel, creating interactive graphics with GoogleVis, and much more as described in our overview.

The Washington Post has published a list of publicly-accessible databases -- a great resource if you're looking for data to use with R.

The CEO of new internet bank Simple shows how to generate the bank's logo using R.

Two graphical applications of R: a French R user creates a choropleth of prosperity in France using R and GEOFLA shapefiles, and 'Vote Compass' in Canada visualizes the results of political polls with R.

Upcoming Events

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

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.