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Dear R users,
Just a brief post to tell you something about the Stat 4 Business conference here in Padua, organized by some guys from the Department of Statistics of the University of Padua.
Me and my Quantide's colleagues Enrico Pegoraro and Veronica Giro came here to Palazzo del Bo at 9 for registration. After two brief presentations of the event by Giuseppe Zaccaria, Head of the University of Padua, and by Alessandra Salvan, Head of the Department of Statistics, the first session was held by Margherita Santoni, a statistician who works for Nunatac. She presented an application on survival analysis for a business case. After a first break there was a speech by Piercesare Secchi, from Politecnico di Milano. He discussed about some very interesting stories on spatial and temporal big data.
Before lunch there was the speed session, where almost 20 people in an hour (!) briefly introduced their works and / or statistical experiences. These works were then shown in the poster session during lunch.
In the afternoon, Steve Scott from Google presented an example of bayesian application to very big data problems, typical of big firms like the one where he works...
The last talk of the conference was a discussion among experts about the role of statistics in modern business.
Tonight after the conference there will be Stats under the stars, a kind of statistical competition: 25 teams of about 100 statisticians (both academics and professionals) will face with a tricky data mining problem all night long! I will be there with my team too: may the best win!
Dear R users,
Here you are my last post on the useR! in Aalborg in which I will try to sum up what emerged from the conference, at least from my point of view since I wasn't able to take part to all Contributed Talks: I unfortunately still haven't the gift of ubiquity. My colleague at Quantide, Nicola, will publish his contribute next week.
First of all, I would say, if it were necessary, that dplyr is really spreading a lot all over the world: this package was present in lots of the Contributed Talks and was also underlined by Romain François, together with Rcpp and RcppParallel, in the first Invited Talk. Even in Quantide we are trying to manage data with dplyr whenever it's possible.
Another field which in my opinion is developing a lot is web scraping and connection between R and databases: lots of new techniques and R packages to do it are arising and most of the existing ones are growing up very quickly.
Dealing with R IDEs, RStudio has really reached a world standard level, even if there would be other ones, like Architect which could be very interesting. However my sensation is that they probably arrived too late with respect to RStudio.
Concerning with statistics modeling I noticed that almost all Contributed Talks about it dealt with random forests: this statistical technique seems to be very powerful in lots of situations, thus I advice to invest time to learn and use it appropriately.
Furthermore Spatial statistics is developing faster and faster and even here R seems to keep its pace, also because lots of people, in a very clever way from my point of view, link the growth of spatial statistics to the growth of some R packages to deal with spatial data.
See you soon, at the next Chronicle...
Dear R users, ten days after the conference here you are still one post to describe, through a miscellanea, some not less interesting things of the useR in Aalborg...
First of all let me and my colleague Nicola thank Google Maps: without it we would seriously risk to miss our flight from Milan Linate's airport since on the usual way from Padua to Milan a big accident occurred.
Already as landing in Denmark we saw a first very curious thing: the airport of Aalborg is in the middle of the countryside and while landing a tractor had to yield to our airplane!
The conference venue is a wonderful and equipped place with a big garden outside, where there are several stones, each of one with the name of a different singer; furthermore by pushing a botton on the stones, famous songs of the singers are played. Elton John's stone was playing music all the time...
Among sponsors, it was curious to see Quantide at the same level of Google and IBM... proud of that for me and Nicola!
We found Aalborg apparently an empty and quite town but if you go to the movida neighborhood of the town, called Jomfru Ane Gade, you find a very nice and famous street with lots of pubs and disco pubs. The strange thing is that, differently from Italy, the movida neighborhood is the cheapest one: half liter beers starting from 1-2 € (against the 5-6 € of other neighborhoods) and shots from 0.80 €... I let you imagine which are the conditions of the Danes (and mine, too) in the morning! Another particular thing is that if you go out to drink something at 11 P.M. and come back home at 3 A.M., you stay all night long outside: nights in Denmark are really short, just 3 hours more or less (in summer, obviously...).
The Conference Dinner was the most original conference dinner I have ever attended! They brought us in the Rold Forest, the second biggest forest in Denmark. Here we were received by some people dressed as Danish bandits who pretended to capture the most beautiful girls of the useR! It was really funny! After that they led us inside the forest in a clearing of the forest where we could eat (a lot of) meat and drink (a lot of) beer and wine (open bar...) or improvise archery, axe and saw competitions... (Could you imagine 400 geek and drunk people throwing arrows or axes and sawing trunks?!?)
During these activities the atmosphere to "play an Italy vs. France" arose: my colleague Nicola, me and Federico, a very pleasant guy who is attending a PhD in Mainz, against three French useRs. We tried to give them 2006's revenge, but obviously the final result was the same: Italy won! To be precise we won 2-1: we lost in archery (my performance, in particular, was really a disaster!) but won in axe throwing (thanks to Federico's 3/3 targets) and in sawing, where me and Nicola were much faster than our French friends.
I eventually came home with more Norwegian (5 Crowns) than Danish money (3 Crowns). Even the coins, besides the languages, are very similar in these two countries...
Aalborg is a nice town, but probably not so used to great events like this: the airport of Aalborg was literally blocked. Finally, when coming back it was very funny to see that the first return flight to Amsterdam (then we took a second flight from Amsterdam to Milan Linate) for at least 80% consisted of useRs and it resembled a useR charter flight!
See you soon, at the next Chronicle...