In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users.

We noted that R had a key role in the US government's reaction to the BP oil spill, as related by the Statistical Engineering division chief at NIST.

We linked to an example of creating an animation in Google Earth based on spatial data from R.

We reviewed more of Drew Conway's analysis of the Wikileaks Afghanistan data (which was also mentioned in Wired).

We looked at Ryan Elmore's analysis of MLB data: are baseball games getting longer, or just the Red Sox's?

We reported that New Scientist magazine uses R to illustrate and analyze data for some of its stories.

We published a paean to reproducible science with R (with a link to video of F. Leisch's keynote talk on the topic).

We gave a quick review of talks at useR! 2010, and linked to videos of the outstanding keynote talks.

We showed how extreme was the recent heatwave in Russia with a smoothScatter chart.

We reviewed videos of two talks at the NYC LA R user group on parallelism and big data analysis in R.

We linked to an R analysis by the Mozilla team on the use of the private browsing feature in Firefox.

We listed a handy table of functions for working with probability distributions in R.

We congratulated R creators Robert and Ross, winners of the 2010 ASA Statistical Computing award.

We announced the RevoScaleR package for big data analysis in Revolution R Enterprise (and available free of charge to academics). Slides from a webinar introducing RevoScaleR are also available.

We linked to an analysis in R, looking at the posting rate of veterans of Hacker News versus new members.

We linked to a (nonscientific) poll suggesting that many SAS users are considering a switch to R.

We announced a Twitter feed for R links created by Harsh Singhal

We listed some upcoming online courses in R language for big data from statistics.com.

We noted new online certificate courses in computational finance with R at the University of Washington.

There are new R user groups in Portland, Oregon, Singapore, Raleigh-Durham, Seoul, and Denver.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included: how analytics is a hot career choice, the Palin effect on the US presidency, how sewing machines work and (on a lighter note) jumping foxes.

The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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