In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users.
R tops the annual KDNuggets Data Mining Software poll for the first time.
A tutorial uses R, Hadoop, and the RHadoop project to simulate and analyze a Facebook-sized social network.
The New York Times uses R to chart the size of Facebook's public offering.
An R-based analysis of US politician speeches finds them speaking at 8th-grade level, and getting worse.
The tabplot package gives you a quick visual overview of a data frame.
An R-based analysis of the TV series "Mad Men" finds issue with the use of the word "callback".
You can see video of R integrated into end-user applications (QlikView, Excel, Jaspersoft, and an iPad app) in a recent Revolution Analytics webinar replay.
A FourSquare engineer explains how R fits in to their social geolocation application and recommendation engine.
A sociology Ph.D candidate explains why he switched from Stata to full-time use of R.
R is classified as a "major programming language" by O'Reilly, in a report noting that books about R have grown in sales by 127%.
Google's former CIO writes about Big Data and R in Forbes.
The replay and slides for the webinar, "Big Data Analytics with R and Hadoop".
Other non-R-related stories in the past month included: Google BigQuery, a statistician in the Time 100, why a statistician couldn't send an email more than 500 miles away, an EU ruling on a SAS case finds that programming languages can't be copyrighted, a clever application of Game Theory, a review of the 2012 Data Science Summit, results of the 2012 Future of Open Source Survey and a fun use of PhotoShop.
There'a a new R user group in Cologne. Meeting times for local R user groups can be found on the updated R Community Calendar.
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