August SURF Meeting : "The Power of Graphics in R" with Sean Carmody

  • August 18, 2010 · 5:45 PM
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In addition to its statistical computing prowess, R is one of the most sophisticated and flexible tools around for visualizing quantitative data. It can produce a wide variety of chart types, including scatter plots, box plots, dot plots, mosaic plots, 3D charts and more. Tweaking chart settings and adding customized annotations is a breeze and the charts can readily be output to a range of formats including images (jpeg or png), PDF and metafile formats. Topics covered in this talk include: * Getting started with graphing in R * The basic charting types available * Customising charts (labels, axes, colour, annotations and more) * Managing different output formats * A look at the more advanced charting packages: lattice and ggplot2 Anyone who ever has a need to visualize their data, whether simply for exploration or for producing slick graphics for reports and presentations can benefit from learning to use R's graphics features. The material presented here will get you well on your way. If you have ever been frustrated when trying to get charts in Excel to behave themselves, you will never look back once you switch to R. Sean Carmody is a mathematician by training and spent most of his working life in the financial markets, working for or consulting to banks, brokers and fund managers. He has used R in a wide range of applications including credit analysis, developing bond investment strategies and operational risk modelling. Sean is also a little obsessed with data visualization, a topic he often turns to on his blog Stubborn Mule (
http://www.stubbornmu.... Needless to say virtually all of the charts on the blog have been produced using R. Meeting from 5:45pm for a 6pm Talk. We're made a booking for dinner at a nearby pub and it would be great to see you there. Space is limited, so RSVP seperately to the 7:30pm dinner event to confirm your place.

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  • Sean C.

    I was asked about Protovis in the Q&A after the talk. At the time, I hadn't looked at it. Now I have (http://www.stubbornmule.net/2010/09/experimenting-with-protovis/). For any Wordpress users, I've also written a plugin to make it easier to include Protovis code in your posts and page: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/protovis-loader/

    September 13, 2010

  • Sean C.

    Thanks Jeromy!

    August 20, 2010

  • Jeromy A.

    @Sean Great talk. Thanks for sharing your slides. It was a great talk.

    @Simon Good point. The fact that Skype can't broadcast a webcam or screen capture to multiple viewers is a big failing.

    August 19, 2010

  • Sean C.

    David: I can't believe I didn't spot you in the crowd. Such a striking shade of blue!

    August 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed following the examples on my laptop as Sean talked about them.

    August 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great night last night! I'm pretty excited about getting further into R now. Thanks to the organisers.

    August 19, 2010

  • Sean C.

    I have uploaded the presentation here: http://www.meetup.com/R-Users-Sydney/files/

    I have also corrected a typo: in the slide on the Tufte version of a box and whisker plot, the "par" parameter should read "pars". Apologies to anyone who tried that!

    August 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Superb.

    August 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Most enjoyable and I learnt a lot. Thanks so much!

    August 19, 2010

  • Nick W.

    so what are the skype in details for this talk?

    August 18, 2010

  • Sean C.

    I'll be posting the slides for the talk after the presentation.

    August 17, 2010

  • Louise L.

    Members skyping in from out of town are most welcome.
    Just submit a commment to let us know when you RSVP.
    This meeting we'll have members skyping in from Canberra & Melbourne.

    August 10, 2010

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