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UseR! 2014, the R user conference held last week in LA, was the most successful yet. Around 700 R users from around the world converged on the UCLA campus to share their experiences with the R language and to socialize with other data scientists, statisticians and others using R. The week began with a series of 3-hour tutorials on topics as diverse as data management, visualization, statistics and biostatistics, programming, and interactive applications. (Joe Rickert reported on the tutorials from the field last week.) Unlike in previous years, the tutorial day was included in the registration, which meant that all of the sessions were jam-packed with interested R users. The remaining 2-and-a-half days were packed with keynotes, contributed talks, and social sessions galore. Given the parallel nature of the tracks I couldn't make it to more than a fraction of the ta... (more)

Reading data from the new version of Google Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets remain an important way for people to share and work with data. Among other providers, Google has provided the ability to create online spreadsheets and other documents. Back in 2009, David Smith posted a blog entry on how to use R, and specifically the XML package to import data from a Google Spreadsheet. Once you marked your Google sheet as exported, it took about two lines of code to import your data into a data frame. But things have changed More recently, it seems that Google changed and improved the Spreadsheet product. Google's own overview of changes lists so... (more)

In case you missed it: June 2014 Roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users:   The useR! 2014 conference in Los Angeles opened with 16 tutorials.  DataInformed published an article by David Smith on how various companies use R. Joe Rickert reviews the new book "Applied Predictive Modeling" by Max Kuhn and Kjell Johnson, which is rich with examples in R and the "caret" package. Hadley Wickham's new ggvis package features a new syntax to create interactive ggplot2-style graphics. Guest poster Wayne Smith reviews the R and Statistics presentations at the Intel Intern... (more)

Because it's Independence Day: What is America?

It's the 4th of July holiday here in the US, and we're taking a break to eat hotdogs, watch fireworks and other essential American activities. So this is a good day to reflect: what is America, anyway? It turns out that the details are a bit complicated...   (There's a similar story regarding the British Empire, also by CGP Grey.) To our American readers, enjoy the holiday! We'll be back on Monday.   ... (more)

AdviseR: Technical Support for Open Source R

For more than 7 years, Revolution Analytics has provided expert technical support to users of the R language, as part of their annual subscription to Revolution R Enterprise (RRE). Now, all users of open source R can get the same expert technical support with our new AdviseR program, for just $795 per year. (That's in US dollars; the program is available worldwide.) AdviseR is designed for users of open source R who may not have need for the big-data, high performance and integration capabilities of RRE. If you've downloaded open source R, with AdviseR you'll be able to get immed... (more)