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How to automate your Web browser with R & RSelenium -- includes searchable table of tasks and code http://cwrld.us/RSelenium
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ggplot2 users who are on Twitter: Hadley @hadleywickham is asking for feedback for a couple of changes he's considering to how things are displayed. You may want to take a look at his Twitter feed and weigh in where appropriate.

I was especially interested in a conversation about the default legend, several of us were lobbying to get the strike-through removed from bar chart legends if bar charts have colored lines around them. Hadley's proposed change is here: https://twitter.com/hadleywickham/status/629247830356463616

If you're not familiar with the issue, you can run my gist and see what the default legend looks like bit.ly/1M7fzyi 
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Ahhh... That strike through has always made me crazy. 
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Another html widget in the works: R interface to the TauCharts JavaScript library by +boB Rudis  Package on GitHub: http://bit.ly/1IUMqHq  Examples on RPubs: http://rpubs.com/hrbrmstr/taucharts
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It look nice. I think I will test it.
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Local folks: Boston Data Science for Social Good conference Aug 8-9 at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge (Mass). Project presentations, coding sessions and workshops in Python & R.  http://data-con.org/
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All you want to know about Windows 10: the new Start Menu, Siri competitor Cortana and lots more. By our Windows expert +Preston Gralla http://cwrld.us/Win10DeepDive
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10 looks sexy AF!
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IEEE annual programming language rankings: R jumps 3 spots from #9 to #6 http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/the-2015-top-ten-programming-languages 
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I'm afraid I am always sceptical of simple rankings.  There is an implicit assumption that things can be simply ordered, on a one-dimensional axis.  Politicians capitalise on the notion.  In reality, things are usually much more complex than any linear ranking would suggest.  This is a case in point.  <Here endeth the philosophy lecture for today>
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Have you ever wanted to try speeding up some R code using C++ and the Rccp package? Here's a short video  example:  http://cwrld.us/RcppVideo
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It is a useful introductory, or promotional, video. I think the title is not appropriate, as it should show a relevant example about how to speed up R by C++ integration and Rccp. 
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Microsoft and DataCamp team up to offer free edX online class to learn R basics 
Learn the R statistical programming language, the lingua franca of data science. 
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Why can't Google Now tell me the current dew point outside? Even Siri can.
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Boston-area folks: There will be two R workshops next month as part of the Data Science for Social Good program. From a conference organizer:

As part of Data-Con on the weekend of August 8th & 9th at Microsoft NERD there will be two R "Data Science" Workshops.  One workshop will be a "Beginner R" Workshop and will be Saturday afternoon.  The second is an Intermediate level workshop with a focus on Data Visualization - it will be held Sunday Afternoon.  Each runs 2.5 - 3.0 hours, and the cost is $7 per workshop.  Please see the following link for more information

http://data-con.org/2015-workshops/
There are 4 workshops: 2 each for Python and R. There is a beginner for each; and also an intermediate workshop for each — for Python, an intermediate Network Analysis, and for R an Intermediate DataViz. (Please note that instructor availability meant arranging these workshops in this particular ...
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I think I'll need to play with this: rAmCharts, a new htmlwidget for the amCharts JavaSCript library. Docs: http://dataknowledge.github.io/rAmCharts/ Code: https://github.com/DataKnowledge/rAmCharts
rAmCharts package. Getting started. pipeR; Quick tour: Example; Details…; Customization…. Few demos. Basics. amXYChart; gaugeChart; funnelChart. Elaborated. Column and line mix; Column with rotated series; Stacked areas; Waterfall chart; Candle stick chart; AmSerialChart: example of boxPlot ...
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Dataviz site Plotly releases new JavaScript visualization library http://cwrld.us/PlotlyJS 
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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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