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

You can use emojis as plotting symbols in ggplot2 charts with the emoGG package.

A review of local R user group activity in 2015.

Giving thanks to the R Core Group.

Some best practices for handling secret API keys in R scripts.

An animated globe showing locations of Marriott and Starwood hotels using the rthreejs package.

PowerBI has added support for R graphics in PowerBI dashboards.

A detailed R-based analysis of over a billion taxi rides in New York City.

Joseph Rickert recommends books for learning the R language and for data analysis in R.

The AzureML package has been updated to allow R functions to connect with workspaces, datasets, and experiments in Azure

ML Studio.

A simulation-based approach to explaining Simpson's Paradox.

Two new surveys show that R continues to be the most popular language for data scientists.

R was featured in many presentations at this year's H2Oworld conference.

Some tips on handling packages when working with R projects.

A new R integration library for JVM developers: fluent-r.

Online investing service Betterment uses R for modeling, analysis and reporting.

Applications of R were presented at the EARL conference by Verizon, Pfizer, Wikipedia, and many others.

Simulating sample data reproducibly using the wakefield package.

Using the RJSONIO package to download Bitcoin exchange data.

A series on using differential privacy for machine learning.

The R Consortium has funded its first community project, and is now accepting proposals for future projects.

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: ball-moving contraptions in Lego, why you can't photograph propellers, fun with magnets, and a dangerous playground in Australia.

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