In case you missed them, here are some articles from January of particular interest to R users.
Josh Katz and Peter Aldhous used R to analyze the content and presentation of the most recent State of the Union speech from the US president.
Slides for my presentation "Speeding up R with Parallel Processing in the Cloud", with applications of the doAzureParallel and sparklyr packages.
5 lines of R code to create a list of US Representatives from a Wikipedia table.
The call for papers and registration is now open for useR!2018 in Brisbane.
Microsoft R Open 3.4.3 is now available.
A simple command-line tool to launch a cluster in Azure for use with sparklyr.
A guide to implementing deep neural networks from scratch in R.
R leaps to its highest position — 8th — in the TIOBE language rankings.
Using the Rcpp package to parallelize an association rules problem.
Various R tricks used at Etsy to speed up an A/B testing system.
Some useful advice from Jenny Bryan on setting up a reproducible R workflow.
And some general interest stories (not necessarily related to R):
- A Japanese artist makes "paintings" with Excel
- A presentation on why companies' stated principles and values actually matter
- Some impressive formation acrobatics with kites
- A new Harry Potter chapter, written with a predictive text algorithm
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