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Spring finally arrives
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Ah, the wonderful world of Disney 
At the end of last October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called, one-by-one, into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs.
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Um, for the record, Computerworld has written about this for years and years.
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Four Data Wrangling Tasks in R. Just updated with new dplyr code http://cwrld.us/RDataMunge
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Your posts are deliciously geeky +Sharon Machlis​ - keep them coming! 
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Lunchtime scene near the office today. Ah, Spring in New England. 
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Tenth. Straight. Weekend. 
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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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RStudio preview version 0.99 includes support for DiagrammeR, says +RStudio 
Soon after the announcement of htmlwidgets, Rich Iannone released the DiagrammeR package, which makes it easy to generate graph and flowchart diagrams using text in a Markdown-like syntax. The pack...
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And by version 1.2 it will beat Auto CAD :-) 
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Dynamic Dashboards with Shiny: free RStudio webinar from a couple of days ago now available for viewing on demand 
Webinars and Videos On Demand. Webinars and videos are presented on a variety of subjects. We will cover packages, products (both Open Source & Commercial), have guest presenters, as well as general Q&A “Office Hour” recordings. All materials will be made available and at no cost.
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I listened to it this morning--well worth the price of admission.

The link to the Wat talk was worth it alone!
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Hadley Wickham's readr package for speedier, more standardized ways of reading tabular data into R is now on CRAN 
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+John David Smith You may want to send a sample to Hadley on GitHub if it doesn't have sensitive information.
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How to create dynamic dashboards with Shiny & R: Upcoming free webinar led by +Winston Chang  from RStudio.  April 15, 11 AM US East Coast time
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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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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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Executive editor, online & data analytics at Computerworld
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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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