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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 4 - May 2010


Welcome to the May edition of the Revolution Newsletter! Every month, we'll bring you the latest news about R from Revolution Analytics and around the Web. We'll 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

Twitter: @revodavid


Special Announcement: Revolution Computing is now Revolution Analytics

As of May 6, we are now we are now Revolution Analytics -- with the mission to make predictive analytics accessible to every type of user and budget. We aim to be the leading commercial provider of software and support for the popular open source R statistics language. We hope that you will visit our two new Websites:, our corporate home, and, a collection of online resources for the R Community. See the links later in the newsletter for more news from our announcement.


Revolution News

Every month, we'll bring you the latest news about Revolution's products and events in this section.

Revolution Analytics has announced its product roadmap for 2010, with news of our upcoming delivery of "Big Data" analysis capabilities, integrated Web services, and a comprehensive data analysis GUI. Download our executive road map "The R Revolution" for complete details.

Revolution R Enterprise 3.1.1 has been released, with a number of improvements to the R Productivity Environment interface on Windows. Existing customers can use the subscribers download page for the update, or contact Sales for information on how to subscribe.

Revolution R Enterprise is now available free of charge to individuals in the Academic community. If you study at or are employed by an accredited degree-granting institution, click here to for information on how to obtain your free copy. (Some restrictions apply.)

Our 100% open-source edition, Revolution R Community, has been updated to version 3.2. This new version is based on R 2.10 and features new parallel programming tools for multi-CPU Windows workstations.

Webinar, May 20: Introduction to Revolution R. Wondering what R is all about? Want to learn more about Revolution R? Register here for a free, live webinar from David Smith.

Webinar, June 2: Supercharge BI and Dashboards with Predictive Analytics. Register here to learn how advanced analytics from R enhance business intelligence dashboards in this joint webinar from OpenBI, Jaspersoft and Revolution Analytics.

Revolution Analytics in the news! Check out recent articles in Forbes, The Register, Information Management, and PC World with details of Revolution's new vision and roadmap.

Follow us on Twitter at @RevolutionR for up-to-the-minute news and updates from Revolution Analytics.

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 month of April.

At the April 13 Bay Area UseR group meeting, we learned how Benetech uses R to analyze complex political and human-rights issues. The same meeting also included a talk by R in a Nutshell author Joe Adler on measuring performance of R idioms.

The R tag on is a great resource for technical questions (and answers!) about R, such as this great tip on speeding up reading and writing text files from R.

There's a new book for R called A Practical Guide to Geostatistical Mapping, and it's available for free download. Read our review (short version: it's a great book).

Looking for more R tips and tricks? Check out the monthly round-ups at the Revolutions blog.

Upcoming Events

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

May 19 (Seattle, WA): Seattle R User Group Lou Bajuk-Yorgan from TIBCO will present.

May 20 (Rockville, MD): DC UseR Group Pawel Gajer (Institute for Genome Science) presents on "How would you model & visualize this data?"

May 27 (Chicago, IL): Chicago R User Group The inaugural meeting for this new user group.

June 8 (San Francisco, CA): Bay Area UseR Group Various presenters will preview their talks from the UseR! 2010 conference

Also, check out the new R user groups in San Diego, CA and Pasadena, CA.