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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 International Science and Engineering Fair. Bank of America uses R to make "mundane tables stand out", as reported in a recent FastCoLabs article. DataCamp created an infographic comparing SAS, R and SPSS. Prizes on offer for the best R graphic mapping the locations of R user groups. Guy Abel used the circlize package to visualize the players in the World Cup and the location of their home teams. How to create a clean financial data set for backtesting using data from Quandl. R's popularity continues to surge, with high rankings in the latest KDNuggets poll and Redmonk language rankings.  Analysis of movie palettes using Python and R reveals that Hollywood cinematographers prefer orange and blue.  There are now 141 R user groups worldwide, with recent additions in Chennai (India), Exeter (UK), Miami (FL), Durham (NH), Albany (NY) and Charlotte (NC).  Two more companies share how they use R: the ride-sharing company Uber, and CultureAmp (a "people intelligence platform"). A tutorial on constructing a term structure of interest rates with R. R is featured in a Dataversity article on the relevance of open source analytics for business.  The China R Users Conference attracted more than 1000 attendees. A look at the state of the art in Deep Learning research, including the 'darch' and 'deepnet' packages for R. One million students have enrolled in Coursera courses based on R. An updated function for reading data into R from Google Spreadsheets that works with Google's current security model. General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: the illusory colors of Benham's Top, an airport performance of "All by Myself", and beer bottle harmonies.  As always, thanks for the comments and please send any suggestions to me at david@revolutionanalytics.com. Don't forget you can follow the blog using an RSS reader, via email using blogtrottr, or by following me on Twitter (I'm @revodavid). You can find roundups of previous months here.

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid

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