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Revolutions blog: January 2018 roundup

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Since 2008, Microsoft (formerly Revolution Analytics) staff and guests have
written about R at the Revolutions blog (
and every month I post a summary of articles from the previous month of
particular interest to readers of r-help.

In case you missed them, here are some articles related to R from the
month of January:

Josh Katz and Peter Aldhous used R to analyze the content and presentation of
the most recent State of the Union speech from the US president:

Slides for my presentation "Speeding up R with Parallel Processing in the
Cloud", with applications of the doAzureParallel and sparklyr packages:

An example of using the doAzureParallel package to speed up a statistical

5 lines of R code to create a list of US Representatives from a Wikipedia table:

A package to visualize routes from activities recorded with a Strava device:

The call for papers and registration is now open for useR!2018 in Brisbane:

Microsoft R Open 3.4.3 is now available:

A simple command-line tool to launch a cluster in Azure for use with sparklyr:

A review of cloud-based tools for building intelligent applications with R:

A guide to implementing deep neural networks from scratch in R:

R leaps to its highest position -- 8th -- in the TIOBE language rankings:

A field guide to the ecosystem surrounding R:

Using the Rcpp package to parallelize an association rules problem:

Various R tricks used at Etsy to speed up an A/B testing system:

Some useful advice from Jenny Bryan on setting up a reproducible R workflow:

And some general interest stories (not necessarily related to R):

* A Japanese artist makes "paintings" with Excel:

* A presentation on why companies' stated principles and values actually matter: 

* Some impressive formation acrobatics with kites: 

* A new Harry Potter chapter, written with a predictive text algorithm:

As always, thanks for the comments and please keep sending suggestions to
me at [hidden email] or via Twitter (I'm @revodavid).

# David

David M Smith <[hidden email]>
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