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A Serious Talk About Having Fun and Being Productive with the R Language

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Google Chelsea Market Office

75 Ninth Ave, Floor 2 · New York, NY

How to find us

Enter the building at the “Chelsea Market” entrance. Immediately to your right after the security desk will be a staircase. Take it to the 2nd floor.

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This talk will provide a quick but intense introduction to the R Language: a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is open-source (mostly GPL-2), available for several platforms, and thrives in Linux. The talk will be largely example-driven, with plenty of takeaway material and code examples. I'll argue that it's simply the right language for data exploration and statistical analysis, and is particularly fantastic for graphics and code development. I'll conclude by introducing the package management system (and the Comprehensive R Archive Network -- CRAN) and the C/C++ interface. (

Bibliography: Jay Emerson is Associate Professor of Statistics, Yale University. Jay teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and often includes timely real-world problems and examples in his lectures, an intersection of teaching and research. For example, he collaborated with the Wall Street Journal in uncovering the infamous stock option backdating scandal, and he demonstrated a design flaw in the new scoring system used for international figure skating competitions. He has worked on Bayesian change point analyses and created the "generalized pairs plot" for the R Statistical Programming Environment. He has worked towards a scalable solution for statistical computing with massive data, extending support for the management, analysis, and exploration of massive data sets in R.

Where: Google Chelsea Market Office at 75 Ninth Ave, 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10011

NOTE: This is not the 14th & 8th building you may be familiar with!

The entrance looks like:

(Once inside, take the stairs on the right just past the security desk up one floor and enter the door on the left. The conference room is straight ahead. We will check your name off of the RSVP list at the entrance to the conference room.)

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