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

A statistical analysis of various forecasting methods (using R) leads to correct predictions for 21 of 24 Oscars awards.

There are now 123 R User Groups worldwide, and applications for Revolution Analytics sponsorship grants are open until March 31.

Revolution Analytics was named by Gartner as a “Visionary” in the new Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Software.

Dan Hanson simulates financial market returns in R using the Generalized Lambda Distribution.

I discussed the next phase of “Big Data” — driven by the rise of R — in an interview with *theCUBE*.

An R-based analysis by Joshua Katz is the basis of an interactive “Dialect Quiz” that broke traffic records at the *New York Times*.

Rattle creator Graham Williams’ “One Page R: A Survival Guide to Data Science with R” is actually the entry point to several in-depth R tutorials.

An example of using R for topological data analysis: sampling points from the surface of a torus.

A recent feature on Artificial Intelligence in *The Atlantic* includes a brief mention of R.

James Peruvankal on modeling “contagion” in social networks using R.

Replay of our webinar with Alteryx, including a demo of accessing R using the drag-and-drop workflow GUI.

Plush toys in the shape of statistical distributions, based on patterns created with R.

Currency arbitrage using BitCoin, using exchange rates downloaded from the now-defunct MtGox exchange using the quandl package.

A guide to creating 3-D perspective plots with R.

Revolution R Enterprise is now available in the cloud, in Amazon’s AWS Marketplace.

According to the 2014 Dice Salary Survey, R is the highest-paid IT skill.

A Shiny app that displayed real-time results from the Sochi Olympics, and now shows the final medal tally.

The R package weatherData makes it easy to download weather data into R.

In addition to free licenses to individuals in academia, Revolution Analytics now offers $999 site licenses to IT departments at universities and non-profits working for the public good.

R is #15 of all programming languages in the latest RedMonk rankings.

Some non-R stories in the past month included: special effects using just an office projector, and clips from the movie Dynamic Earth.

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