Issue 10

Hello and welcome to the new issue of R Weekly!


Digested by R Weekly Members

News & Blog Posts


rearrange() your correlations with corrr

R in the Real World

Mapping Twitter Followers in R

How Clinton’s and Trump’s convention speeches compared to those of their predecessors

Analyzing the US election using Twitter and Meta-Data in R

How do countries stack up on key supply chain metrics?

U.S. Drought Animations with the “Witch’s Brew”

R moves up to 5th place in IEEE language rankings

Reproducible art with R

R in Organization

R in Academia


New Releases


New Packages & Tools

  • RcppGetconf - Rcpp interface for querying system configuration variables.

  • Placement - An R package to Access the Google Maps API.

  • magick - Advanced Image-Processing in R.

  • timevis - Create interactive timeline visualizations in R.


R Project Updates

Updates from R Core.

  • The tests for C++11 compliance are now much more comprehensive.
  • configure checks if the compiler specified by CXX CXXFLAGS is able to compile C++ code.
  • There is a new macro CXXSTD to help specify the standard for C++ code, e.g. -std=c++98. This makes it easier to work with compilers which default to a later standard: with CXX=g++6 CXXSTD=-std=c++98 configure will select commands for g++ 6.x which conform to C++11 and C++14 where specified but otherwise use C++98.
  • Support for the defunct IRIX and OSF/1 OSes and Alpha CPU has been removed.
  • table() no longer drops an NaN factor level, and better obeys exclude = <chr>
  • merge(df1, df2) now also works for data frames with column names na.last, decreasing, or method.

Call for Participation

Upcoming Events

  • PresentRs: Cardiff, UK R User Group August 2 Presentations and (remote) Lightening talks from useR’s on Model-Based Machine Learning, Open Government Data & Beer Analytics, Git, Sparklyr, Pokemon and more.

  • R Competition on education in South Africa 8 July - 21 August

  • EARL 2016 London 13 September - 15 Septemberth
    The primary focus of the Conference is the commercial usage of R across a range of industry sectors with the aim of sharing knowledge and applications of the language.

  • eRum 2016 Poznan, Poland 12 October - 14 October
    European R users meeting (eRum) is an international conference that aims at integrating users of the R language. eRum 2016 will be a good chance to exchange experiences, broaden knowledge on R and collaborate.

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