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r4stats.com 2014 in review

January 13, 2015
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r4stats.com 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 260,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading →

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SAS is #1…In Plans to Discontinue Use

December 30, 2014
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SAS is #1…In Plans to Discontinue Use

I’ve been tracking The Popularity of Data Analysis Software for many years now, and a clear trend is the decline of the market share of the bigger analytics firms, notably SAS and SPSS. Many people have interpreted my comments as implying … Continue reading →

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Learning R: Live Webinar, Interactive Self-Paced, or Site Visit?

December 15, 2014
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Learning R: Live Webinar, Interactive Self-Paced, or Site Visit?

My recent blog post, Why R is Hard to Learn, must have hit a nerve as it was read by over 6,000 people in its first two days online.  If you’re using R to augment your work in SAS, SPSS … Continue reading →

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Updated: Why R is Hard to Learn

December 10, 2014
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Updated: Why R is Hard to Learn

I’ve updated one of my most widely read blog posts, Why R is Hard to Learn. It focuses on the aspects of R which tend to trip up beginners. The new version is over twice as long as the original … Continue reading →

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Adding the SPSS MEAN.n Function to R

September 3, 2014
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Adding the SPSS MEAN.n Function to R

SPSS contains a very useful set of functions that R lacks. If you’re lucky enough to have access to SPSS, you can use SPSS and R very well together. If not, it’s easy to add these functions to R. The … Continue reading →

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R Workshops Updated to Include the Latest Packages

August 27, 2014
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R Workshops Updated to Include the Latest Packages

Two new R packages are quickly becoming standards in the R community: Hadley Wickham’s dplyr and tidyr. The dplyr package almost completely replaces his popular plyr package for data manipulation. Most importantly for general R use, it makes it much easier … Continue reading →

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R Passes SPSS in Scholarly Use, Stata Growing Rapidly

August 20, 2014
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R Passes SPSS in Scholarly Use, Stata Growing Rapidly

by Robert A. Muenchen Here is my latest update to The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. To save you the trouble of reading all 25 pages of that article, the new section is below. The two most interesting nuggets it contains are: … Continue reading →

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Knoxville R Users’ Group Meets September 3rd

August 12, 2014
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Knoxville R Users’ Group Meets September 3rd

The Knoxville R Users Group (KRUG) is hosting a brown bag viewing of RStudio’s webinar “Interactive Reporting” at 11am, Weds 3-Sept-2014 in 427 Hesler on the UTK campus “Hill” .  Per RStudio.net, data scientist Garrett Grolemund and software engineer Joe … Continue reading →

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jpmml and R (Free Webinar)

July 28, 2014
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jpmml and R (Free Webinar)

This free, global webinar will provide an introduction to jpmml, the world’s leading open-source PMML scoring engine currently being utilized by companies such as Airbnb to rapidly deploy predictive models into production. Webinar Format: - What is PMML? - Building … Continue reading →

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The RSelenium R Package (Free Webinar)

May 6, 2014
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The RSelenium R Package (Free Webinar)

The Orange County R User Group (OC-RUG) will soon host a free webinar on the new “RSelenium” R Package which provides a set of R bindings for the Selenium 2.0 webdriver using the JsonWireProtocol. Using RSelenium, you can automate web … Continue reading →

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