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An analytics manager is quoted in here as saying R (or SAS) would be overkill for a project with 5,000 rows. I completely disagree -- it depends on what you're doing with those 5,000 rows and whether reproducible results are important.
Big data will continue to be hamstrung by a lack of talent for the coming years. IDC predicts that in the U.S. there will be 181,000 deep analytics roles in 2018 and five times that many positions requiring related skills in data management and interpretation.
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What a weird comment. I'd hate to enter 5000 rows of data (even with one column's worth ) in on a calculator and perform a regression tree.  Does his comment come from a belief  that analyses performed on data sets with less than 5000 records are of no value (little information)?    If this was my analytics manager I'd be concerned.
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Useful open-source tool if you ever need to extract data from PDF tables.
This open-source software is designed to 'liberate data locked inside PDFs.'
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Latest installment of my new series: R in 5 Lines or Less 
See how to generate counts by category and simple visualizations. With video and code.
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It would be interesting to see what this looks presented as a mosaic plot but that would emphasise a different feature of the data.
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Learn Java collections -- lists, maps and more -- in this PDF download excerpted from Core Java for the Impatient (free registration req'd) http://cwrld.us/JavaCollects 
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thanks!!!
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'Managers may be in high demand, but the "doers" -- programmers, developers, software engineers and architects -- consistently remain the most difficult to attract.'
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my words +Sharon Machlis ...
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Free webinar tomorrow from Revolution Analytics on reproducible research 
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+Sharon Machlis Thanks.  I'll look out for it. 
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My quote of the day from +JR Raphael : "Thank you, carriers, for making it impossible to describe how much the Galaxy S6 costs without launching into a 12-part novel."
 
Thank you, carriers, for making it impossible to describe how much the Galaxy S6 costs without launching into a 12-part novel.

Seriously -- this may be the most confusing thing I've ever read about a phone's price. And this is just one of the carriers. (The rest aren't much better.)
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Use Google Sheets?  Use R? Check out this new package from Jennifer Bryan to easily access data in your Google spreadsheets with R.  https://github.com/jennybc/gspreadr
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Search the Internet Archive with R - package  by Lincoln Mullen at George Mason University  now on CRAN http://cran.rstudio.com/web/packages/internetarchive/vignettes/internet-archive.html 
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It's new, so I'm not sure how much use there's been yet. Not my package, so I can't speak for the author; but if you look at the vignettes, you can see samples of things that you can do. It's basically an R interface to the archive API so you can search by things like source, date and key topic.
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Doing something useful/innovative/cool with big data? If you can share the details, we'd love to know! Nominate your case study for a Computerworld Data+ Editors' Choice Award here:  http://cwrld.us/DataPlusNominate 
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Another glorious Spring day in New England. Sigh. 
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And those two cities are experiencing the geographically disparate effects of the same jet-stream pattern.
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Currently obsessed with improving R skills for data visualization and analysis. 

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Intersection of technology and journalism, R, data visualization & analysis, computer-assisted reporting, photography, travel.



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Honored by the Amateur Radio Association of Bosnia & Herzegovina for work transmitting messages during the 1992-95 war. Set up Fred, "one of the earliest online transmissions of news from a newspaper to its readers" in 1987, and coded my 1st Web site in November 1995, before many major companies had a Web presence.
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    Online Managing Editor, present
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