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24 Christmas Gifts from is.R

The is.R blog has been on a roll in December with their Advent CalendaR feature: daily tips about R to unwrap each day leading up to Christmas. If you haven't been following it, start with today's post and scroll down. Sadly there isn't a tag to collect all these great posts together, but here are a few highlights: December 4: Reading and writing Stata data files with R December 6: Calculating the outline surrounding a collection of points December 8: Ranking popularity of terms on Twitter December 14: A network of countries, grouped by flag similarity (chart below) December 16: Text analysis with random-effects models December 21: Beautiful network diagrams (like the one below) You should check out all of the posts. All include the R code so that you can re-creating the charts, tables and analysis for yourself. What a lovely Christmas gift! The first post in the series is linked below. is.R: Using XML to grab tables from the web

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid