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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 13 - Feb 2011

Welcome to the February edition of the Revolution Newsletter! Every month, we bring you the latest news about R from Revolution Analytics and around the Web. We include tips and tricks on using R, events of interest to the R community, and information about products and initiatives from the team at Revolution Analytics. This newsletter is for you, so let us know what you think -- send us feedback at my email address below. If you find this newsletter valuable, forward it to your friends. And if you've received this newsletter from a friend, you can subscribe here to get your own copy each month. Enjoy!

Your editor, David Smith, VP Marketing and Community Twitter:@revodavid

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Revolution News

Every month, we bring you the latest news about Revolution's products and events in this section. Follow us on Twitter at @RevolutionR for up-to-the-minute news and updates from Revolution Analytics!

Revolution R 4.2 now available. The latest update to Revolution R Enterprise adds import and export to SAS data files, plus Red Hat Linux support for big-data statistical modeling in R, and Windows support for the RevoDeployR Web Services interface for R ... and more. It's available now to new and existing subscribers, and as a FREE download for the academic community.

Unleash the Power of Open Source R. Help spread the word about the power of R with these Four Key Benefits of R for Data Analysis, and build on that power with 10 Ways Revolution R makes R Ready for Business.

Revolution Analytics partners with Zementis. Learn how Revolution R Enterprise and the ADAPA Decision Engine work together to score large amounts of data on models created in R via the PMML standard. Download the free white paper Deploying Advanced Analytics Using R & PMML.

Portfolio Optimization with Rmetrics. If you missed last month's webinar on Portfolio Design, Optimization and Stability Analysis presented by Diethelm Wurtz of the Rmetrics Association, the replay and slides are now available.

Revolution Analytics in the News:

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R News, Tips and Tricks from the Revolutions blog

The Revolutions blog brings you daily news and tips about R, statistics and open source. Here are some highlights from Revolutions from the past month.

Marking St Valentine's day, the founders of online dating site OkCupid talk about how they use R to find insights about dating and relationships for their entertaining (and sometimes controversial) blog, OkTrends.

The TIOBE Programming Community Index for February 2011, which tracks programming language popularity, shows R overtaking SAS and Matlab on a month-by-month basis.

R community member Dirk Eddelbuettel, creator of RQuantlib, Rcpp/RInside, and the Task Views for Finance and High-Performance Computing (amongst many other R projects) talks about his history with R in this profile. (link?)

Baseball enthusiast Brian Mills offers a fun way to learn the R language with sab-R-metrics: a series of tutorials on R, built around analysis of MLB statistics.


Upcoming Events

Every month, we highlight some upcoming events from R Community Calendar.

Please let us know if we're missing your R user group, or if want to get a new one started.

If you're interested in starting a local R user group in your area, Revolution Analytics offers sponsorships for both new and established groups -- and has published some tips for starting a new R user group.