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Revolution Newsletters: Issue 6 - July 2010


Welcome to the July 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 peers. 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

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Revolution News

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

New R IDE Demo: If you're writing programs in the R language, a modern development environment can really provide a productivity boost. The R Productivity Environment is included with Revolution R Enterprise for Windows, and includes code editing and debugging tools to speed the process of delivering robust code. See it in action in this 3-minute video.

What is the Big Deal about R?: Ever been asked by a friend or colleague about this new "R" language, and not had an answer at the ready? We've just added a new page to to help you answer the question: What is R? And if your colleague is looking for reasons to use R, we've added a page for that too: Why Use R. We've also added a list of community-based Resources for R to help get them started.

Revolution at useR! 2010: Come and meet the Revolution Analytics team at useR! 2010, the world's largest gathering of R users. We'll be hosting a party for the official launch of in Rockville, MD on Wednesday July 21st at 8PM (more details). Admission is free, so come along and join the fun!

Revolution at JSM 2010: We'll also be attending the annual conference of the American Statistical Association, JSM 2010 in Vancouver BC. Come and meet the Revolution Analytics team at Booth 527 or at our "Introduction to Revolution R" social event at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Ballroom A on Tuesday, August 3rd at 4PM. Details here.

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.

Political scientists use R to combine data with statistical models in R to predict election outcomes. See how Professors Simon Hix and Nick Vivyan have used R to predict the recent elections in the UK, and download our case study to see how Professor Boris Shor used the 'Big Data' capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise to predict Senate election outcomes in the US.

The drug war in Mexico has been front-page news recently. Check out this in-depth analysis of Mexico's crime data in R, by Diego Valle.

For those using R for financial analysis, you'll definitely want to check out the new blog from the Rmetrics foundation--the producers of dozens of R packages for portfolio optimization and much more.

Want to access data in MySQL from Revolution R on Windows? Here are some tips to get you started.

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.

July 20: The Sydney R Users Group holds their first meeting.

July 21-23: UseR! 2010, the worldwide R User Conference, takes place in Gaithersburg, MD. (Sponsored by Revolution Analytics.)

July 27: The Los Angeles R User Group holds the first of a 2-part meeting on the topic of high-performance computing with R. (Sponsored by Revolution Analytics.)

July 28: The BaselR user group hosts four talks in Basel, Switzerland.

July 29-30: BioConductor 2010, the annual conference on bioinformatics in R, is held in Seattle. (Sponsored by Revolution Analytics.)

July 31-August 5: JSM 2010, the largest gathering of statisticians in North America, takes place in Vancouver, BC.

There's also a new R user group in Kassel, Germany.

Please let us know if we're missing your R user group meeting!