Quirrel and How it Relates to R

In this Meetup, the Precog Developer Evangelist [1] will talk about a statistically-oriented query language called “Quirrel” and its similarities and differences with R. While Quirrel is neither as mature as R nor situated in such a robust ecosystem, it is easier to learn and simple to deploy results. In addition to some basic functionality, a predictive model will be created and discussed.

About Quirrel: Quirrel, sometimes referred to as the “R for big data” query language, is a new language designed specifically around modern needs for analyzing large amounts of semi-structured data. The language finds a common ground between the need to express highly complex analytical calculations, and the need to support efficient and automatic parallelization and distribution across large clusters of data nodes. Learn more

About Precog: Precog is a data science platform for developers and data scientists to perform advanced analytics on semi-structured data. Learn more


7-7:30pm Socialize

7:30-8:15pm Precog Presentation on Quirrel & R, Nathan Lubchenco

8:15-8:30pm Questions/Discussion

8:30pm  Beers at Euclid Hall or Freshcraft

[1] - Nathan Lubchenco, Developer Evangelist, Precog

Nathan studied Logic, Computation and Methodology at Carnegie Mellon University where his thesis analyzed lending patterns in Kiva microfinance loans. Nathan learned Quirrel while sailing on the Semester at Sea maymester voyage and has been a Precog fan ever since. It is Nathan’s job as Developer Evangelist is to make customers rave about Precog by creating useful and accessible documentation and tutorials.


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  • John D.

    I have a couple tutorial slide decks that i have given in the past. I'd be willing to talk about:

    Benfords Law (first digit distribution)
    Apiori Algorithm (arules package)
    Floating-Point comparisons in R (r inferno rip-off)
    Vectorization ( apply family functions)
    Learning Curves (machine learning diagnostic tool)

    any topic interest people, ill dust of slides and make sure im there.

    April 16, 2013

  • Tracy Allison A.

    Wish I could be there for this. No doubt will be a great session.

    April 15, 2013

  • Toni R.

    sorry to miss this...

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Possible time conflict, but I'm going to try and make it

    April 15, 2013

  • Michael O.

    sadly on a business trip

    April 1, 2013

  • Tom R.

    Looking forward to it.

    February 25, 2013

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