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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 23 - December 2011

Season's greetings, and welcome to the December edition of 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



Revolution R Enterprise 5.0 Now Available


This major update to Revolution R Enterprise 5.0 provides more new features for productivity, performance, scalability and enterprise deployment to make Open Source R "Ready for Business". Read about the new features of Revolution R Enterprise, and watch our archived webinar for details on the new distributed-computing capabilities to support scalable data analysis.

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!

Applications of R in Business Contest. A judging panel of industry experts and R community members will decide which of the Applications of R in Business Finalists will receive the $10,000 grand prize from Revolution Analytics.

What does Revolution R Enterprise add to open source R? On December 14, Learn how R is "Ready for Business" in our live webinar. Register now for Revolution R Enterprise: 100% R and More.

Webinar: Big Data Analysis Starts with R. Join Revolution Analytics CTO David Champagne to learn how companies of all types and sizes can integrate "R" into their "big data" analytics infrastructure strategy. Register now for the live presentation on December 20.

Michigan State University speeds up research with Revolution R Enterprise. With the new distributed computing capabilities, the Statistical Computing Cluster ran four times as many jobs, and cut a big-data computation's processing time by more than 90%. Read the new case study.

The Data Step for R: our new white paper describes how to use Revolution R Enterprise to import very large data sets and transform them using the R language in our new white paper. Download the RevoScaleR Data Step White paper here.

Revolution Analytics at Hadoop World. If you missed the conference in New York, you can download slides and a video interview from a CTO David Champagne's talk: The Marriage of R and Hadoop.

Revolution Analytics in the news. IT Business Edge takes a look at Revolution R Enterprise 5.0 and how it makes Big Data enterprise-accessible; Silicon Angle focuses on the Hadoop integration; InformationWeek contrasts Revolution Analytics with SAS; the New York Times looks at low-cost options for predicting the future; and Forbes says Big Data needs to earn its keep with data analysis.

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.

A new, high-availability CRAN mirror from Revolution Analytics provides reliable, high-speed access to R packages for all R users located near our hosting facility in Dallas, TX. Learn how to configure R to access this mirror.

For high-quality, scalable graphics on the Web, R 2.14 now includes SVG support for Windows.

Need data? Here's a tutorial on using the Rdatamarket package to import public datasets into R.

If you need a statistics primer on using R, free books on multivariate analysis, biomedical statistics, and time series are available for download.

By a large margin, R remains the preferred tool of participants in Kaggle predictive modeling competitions -- and Revolution R Enterprise is available free to Kaggle competitors.

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. 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.