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Revolution Newsletters Issue 52 June 2014

Welcome to the June 2014 Newsletter. Hadoop Summit was great and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who joined us for the meet up. We had a great time listening to how people are using Hadoop and R together. We are excited to know how many of you are interested in deploying your advanced analytics within your newly deployed Hadoop clusters. Next up we are heading to UseR! 2014. Hope to see you there.

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Your editor,
David Smith, Chief Community Officer
Twitter: @revodavid

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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 or subscribe to our company page on LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute news and updates from Revolution Analytics!


Is Revolution R Enterprise Faster than SAS? Benchmarking Results Revealed
Revolution Analytics recently commissioned a benchmark study designed to test the relative performance of Revolution R Enterprise and SAS/STAT across a range of tasks. In this webinar, we describe the methodology, benchmarking environment and results achieved. We also provide detailed information that will enable webinar participants to replicate the tests on alternate hardware environments. Find out which software ran faster, by how much and why.

Revolution Analytics in the News

Spotlight: Revolution Analytics offers new support package for R
By Derek C. Slater, FierceBigData, May 13, 2014

Why Collecting Data In Conflict Zones Is Invaluable--And Nearly Impossible
By Tina Amirtha, Fast Company, May 16, 2014

Talking About Big Data (Without Talking About Big Data)
By Andy Beale, Gov.UK, May 16, 2014

R/Finance 2014
By Steve Miller, Information Management, May 21, 2014

Big Data 100: Business Analytics
By Rick Whiting, CRN, May 22, 2014

Alteryx Analytics Brings Power of Predictive and Big Data to Market
By Tony Cosentino, Ventana Research, May 30, 2014

The Relevance of Open Source (Advanced) Analytics
By Jelani Harper, Dataversity, June 3, 2014


Alteryx Inspire 2014
June 16 - 18, 2014, San Diego, CA
Our partner Alteryx is pulling out all the stops for their annual event and we will be there. Stop by our booth, P3, to say hello and get in on a very special offer that we have for Alteryx 9 users.

Cloudera Sessions: Your Inside Track to Big Data
June 18, 2014 - Jersey City, NJ
For prospects and customers looking at deploying advanced analytics on Hadoop, this free, one-day conference could be the introduction to Hadoop technology that can help tip the scales. We will have a table at the event and people onsite to answer questions and help you to further your efforts.

UseR! 2014
June 30 - July 3, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA
Join us on the beautiful UCLA campus to be part of one of the largest gatherings of R users in the US this year.

AcademyR - Training and Education

Current AcademyR Training Calendar
Here's your link to all scheduled trainings around the world. We offer in-classroom and virtual course formats. If you don't see the course or dates you need, please contact us to schedule an onsite course at your organization.

AcademyR Full Course Catalog
Download our course catalog to plan for your training needs throughout the year.

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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.

Check out our review of the recent R/Finance 2014 conference. It includes links to many R packages useful in financial applications, as does this review of R's impact on computational finance.

Learn how many companies and organizations use R to analyze data in David Smith's keynote presentation at the China R Users Conference.

Learn about exploratory data analysis using R in an online course presented by data scientists at Facebook.

Scott Chamberlain's "R for Cats" is a fun introduction to the R language.

Test out your strategies for the popular games “2048” and “Threes” with these R-based simulations.

Upcoming R User Group Events

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

  • June 11: Melbourne Users of R Network (MelbURN) will attend an introduction to data.table
  • June 11: LondonR will hold an R coding dojo session
  • June 11: Data Science Luxembourg will discuss data challenges in the Airline Industry
  • June 12: The Wiesbaden R Users Group will look into R and Hadoop
  • June 12: Vienna<-R will look into R’s optimization Infrastructure.
  • June 14: The Kansas City R Users Group will hold a session on teaching beginners to manipulate data in R.
  • June 16: SRUG, the Stockholm R useR group will listen to Hadley Wickham speak on the intersection of markdown, shiny and R.
  • June 16: The R Matlab Users will hold a social event.
  • June 16: The Burlington R Users will hold an open question session.
  • June 17: LondonR will leap over the ggplot2 learning curve, look into high quality maps with R and discuss use cases of churn and fraud detection.
  • June 17: CinDay RUG will discuss cool things its members are working on.
  • June 17: The Berkeley R Language Beginner Study Group will work on practical data science with R.
  • June 18: RUGS, the R User Group Singapore will discuss R and Hadoop
  • June 19: Ann Arbor R User Group will hold their first meetup! Congratulations and good luck with the group!
  • June 24: The Munich useR Group will host 3 outstanding speakers: Dirk Eddelbuettel - Rcpp, J.J. Allaire on The Next Generation of R Markdown and Joe Cheng - An Introduction to Shiny.
  • June 25 - 27: Troisièmes Rencontres R will be held in Montpellier
  • June 25: The Exeter R Users Group will look into smoothing beyond the exponential family, GAMS for survival, ordered categorical data and heavy tailed data
  • June 25: The Nashville R Users Group will talk about creating effective R packages
  • June 26-28: The 8th R/Rmetrics Workshop and Summer School will be held in Paris!
  • June 30-July 3: User! 2014 will be held at UCLA
  • July 1: The Denver R User Group will discuss dplyr
  • July 8: The Canberra R Users Group will discuss leveraging R using visual analytics in Spotfire

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.

Interested in joining Revolution Analytics? We're hiring, so check out our careers page!