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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 34 - December 2012

Welcome to the December edition of the Revolution Newsletter! Every month we bring you the latest news about R from Revolution Analytics and around the Web. You'll find 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!

Season's Greetings! Have a happy and safe holiday season, and a very happy new year, with best wishes from everyone at Revolution Analytics.

Your editor,

David Smith, VP Marketing and Community


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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 R Enterprise 6.1 is now available. New features include big-data tree models, a Hadoop HDFS connection, and new security controls. Butler Analytics calls Revolution R Enterprise "the most powerful analytical tool on the planet with support and training" in this five-star review.

Validus Re uses Revolution R Enterprise for risk management

"What takes a day to do in Excel can be done in 15 minutes by writing a few lines of R code in Revolution R Enterprise," says pricing actuary Jamie Botelho in this new case study.

Calling all Teradata users! Revolution Analytics is developing a high-speed connection for Revolution R Enterprise to Teradata appliances and we're looking for beta testers. If you are running R in a Teradata environment, then we'd love to get you on board. The beta program begins in early 2013. Please email if you are interested.

Real-Time Predictive Analytics with Big Data. Learn how Revolution R Enterprise fits into the predictive analytics stack for production applications -- and the meaning of "big data" and "real time" -- in the replay of our latest webinar from David Smith.

John Deere uses R to accelerate manufacturing. See how the farming equipment manufacturer optimizes the production line and forecasts crop yields in this webinar replay from forecast analytics manager Derek Hoffman.

Revolution R Enterprise in the news. Read about unraveling the mystery of multiple sclerosis with big data in InfoWorld.

R News, Tips and Tricks from the Revolutions blog

The Revolutions blog brings you daily news and tips about R, data science and open source. Here are some recent highlights, and you can find more articles in our monthly roundup.

The 4th anniversary of the Revolutions Blog was on December 9, and we marked the milestone with a list of the top 10 posts of the last year.

Hadley Wickham created a handy tutorial for the Rcpp package, describing how to combine fast C++ code with R. (No C++ experience required!)

Princeton University grad student Laura Suttle created this video tour of R for beginners.

The Slidify package creates presentations from literate R code, and is a more modern-looking and Web-aware alternative to the "beamer" LaTeX style.

R is used in the Human Resources department at Facebook (and is displacing Excel for HR generally).

R package developer Yihui Xie shares his favorite software and hardware in an interview with The Setup.

Upcoming Events

Every month, we highlight some upcoming events from the 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.