In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users.
RStan is a new package for Bayesian modeling with R. It's faster and can fit more highly-correlated models than the MCMC sampler of BUGS and JAGS.
Biostatistician Corey Chivers used R to animate the epidemic-like growth of retailer Walmart in the US.
Forensics with R. Break-in subjects are identified from the unique marks on tools used for forced entry.
An R script uses NSIDC data to visualize arctic sea-ice, now at the lowest level since satellite observation began.
Community milestones: CRAN passes 4,000 packages, and the Revolutions blog receives 2 million visits.
An analysis suggesting playing baseball shortens lifespans provides a lesson on the difference between causality and association.
Revolution R Enterprise receives Data Science Technology award.
The Rcpp package can translate some R code to C++, with some impressive performance benchmarks.
The 'knitr' package makes it easy to create beautiful reports with text, graphics and code from R and display them on the Web.
Jeffrey Breen's guide to getting started with R and Hadoop.
Ryan Rosario's talk on parallel programming in R covers explicit and implicit parallelism, and map-reduce.
US retailer Williams Sonoma benefits from GAM models in R to optimize marketing.
Revolution Analytics opens office in Singapore.
Factoring inflation, gas/petrol prices in the US and Australia aren't as expensive as they might seem.
A reference card for prediction and classification models in R.
A list of the top 10 packages on CRAN by number of other packages depending on them.
An analysis of traffic on R-help finds busiest/quietest parts of the day, most prolific posters, and popular topics.
Year on year, surveys continue to rank R as the most popular tool for data mining.
Upcoming training classes sponsored by Revolution Analytics: big data analytics, R for Data Mining and Analytics for Marketing.
Hadley Wickham provides an introduction to the Grammar of Graphics with "ggplot2 Basics".
Some non-R stories in the past month included: a simulation of supermassive black holes, lip-synching on Chatroulette, a NASA music video, my bad dog, and a Korean pop hit.
There are new R user groups in San Antonio, Milwaukee and Nicaragua. Meeting times for local R user groups can be found on the updated R Community Calendar.
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