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In case you missed it: August 2013 Roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users: A tutorial on parallel programming with the foreach, doMC and doSNOW packages. Joe Rickert reviews R's capabilities for linear algebra, sparse matrices and big matrices. How R is disrupting the insurance industry with big data.  Revolution Analytics has teamed with Cloudera to bring statistical models into Hadoop clusters from R. R graphics recognized in DataWeek's Top Innovator award for data visualization. Slides and replay for a new webinar on high-performance predictive analytics in R and Hadoop. A catalog of free, public big data sets you can use with R. Demand for employees with R skills continues to rise according to job posting data. Demand for SAS skills, by contrast, is declining. A unique way of looking at (and listening to) the 2008 financial crisis, using R to animate and sonify US Treasury data. The City of Chicago uses R-based semantic analysis of tweets to identify outbreaks of food-borne illness. Discussions of R, drug development and the FDA from the JSM 2013 conference. Statistics from Australian Rules Football games, visualized with R.  Dr. Rob Hodges used R and NOAA climate sensor data to visualize the strongest winds during the 2005 Katrina hurricane. Google has produced a series of introductory videos for beginners to R. Nate Silver's presentation at the JSM 2013 conference included 11 principles for journalists to make effective use of Statistics.  Symphony Analytics uses Revolution R Enterprise to develop solutions in healthcare, retails and telecommunications. Rodolfo Vanzini used R and the ggmap package to select a new location for his business. Simon Urbanek showed at JSM "Nanocube" based visualization of billions of tweets to explore smartphone market share across the USA. Joe Rickert responds to a recent AmstatNews editorial that portrays mainstream academic statisticians as being left behind by the rise of Big Data.  Some non-R stories in the past month included: a mathematician and an engineer divide a restaurant bill, an optical illusion makes straight lines look like a rotating circle, misleading weight-loss photos, video of a beautiful eclipse in Australia, and an old-school visualization of 4000 years of world history. As always, thanks for the comments and please send any suggestions to me at [email protected] Don't forget you can follow the blog using an RSS reader, 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