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Revolutions blog: November 2017 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 November:

R 3.4.3 "Kite Eating Tree" has been released:

Several approaches for generating a "Secret Santa" list with R:

The "RevoScaleR" package from Microsoft R Server has now been ported to Python:

The call for papers for the R/Finance 2018 conference in Chicago is now open:

Give thanks to the volunteers behind R:

Advice for R user groups from the organizer of R-Ladies Chicago:

Use containers to build R clusters for parallel workloads in Azure with the
doAzureParallel package: 

A collection of R scripts for interesting visualizations that fit into a
280-character Tweet:

R is featured in a StackOverflow case study at the Microsoft Connect conference:

The City of Chicago uses R to forecast water quality and issue beach safety

A collection of best practices for sharing data in spreadsheets, from a paper by
Karl Broman and Kara Woo:

The MRAN website has been updated with faster package search and other

The curl package has been updated to use the built-in winSSL library on Windows:

Beginner, intermediate and advanced on-line learning plans for developing AI
applications on Azure:

A recap of the EARL (Effective Applications of the R Language) conference in

Giora Simchoni uses R to calculate the expected payout from a slot machine: 

An introductory R tutorial by Jesse Sadler focuses on the analysis of historical

A new RStudio cheat sheet "Working with Strings":

An overview of generating distributions in R via simulated gaming dice:

An analysis of StackOverflow survey data ranks R and Python among the most-liked
and least-disliked languages:

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

* Siri transcribes a trombone player:

* A collection of short videos of interesting chemical reactions:

* An animation shows the impact of a rogue drone on Gatwick airport: 

* An AI sythesizes novel images of furniture, animals, and celebrities:

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]>
R Community Lead, Microsoft AI & Research 
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