By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Thu 18 September 2014 | tags: r, rstats, torrentfreak, bittorrent, pirate, tlapd, movies, -- (permalink)


We leave the Jolly Roger behind this year and turn our piRate spyglass towards the digital seas and take a look at piRated movies as seen through the lens of TorrentFreak. The seasoned seadogs who pilot that ship have been doing a weekly “Top 10 Pirated Movies of the Week ...

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Wed 17 September 2014 | tags: r, rstats, rvest, -- (permalink)

I was offline much of the day Tuesday and completely missed Hadley Wickham’s tweet about the new rvest package:

By Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobs)
Mon 15 September 2014 | tags: blog, r, rstats, -- (permalink)

During July I was working with a commercial data source that provides extra data around IP addresses and it dawned on me: rather than pinging billions of IP addresses and creating map, I could create a map from all the geolocation data I had at my finger tips. At a ...

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Fri 05 September 2014 | tags: r, rstats, slack, notifications, -- (permalink)

Karl Broman did a spiffy job summarizing a good number of the options available to R folk if they want to get notifications from R. You can also generate OS X notifications as well. If you’re using Slack for team coordination and communications, you’ve got a new option ...

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Fri 29 August 2014 | tags: dns, tlds, dplyr, r, rstats, -- (permalink)

I saw this on Hacker News this morning and it got me curious as to how many other TLDs (e.g. .com) resolve to an address (i.e. http://uz./ displays a page in your browser since uz. resolves to This is quick work with R ...

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Wed 27 August 2014 | tags: cartography, maps, mapping, heatmap, cartogram, r, rstats, -- (permalink)

UPDATE The statebins package is now available on CRAN

I became enamored (OK, obsessed) with a recent visualization by the WaPo team which @ryanpitts tweeted and dubbed statebins:

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Mon 25 August 2014 | tags: book, bug, -- (permalink)

Russ McRee (@holisticinfosec) was kind enough to tell us about a bug in the book’s code if you decide to play with a more current version of AlienVault’s file with the bad IPs data file provided with the book. The function makes an errant ...

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Thu 21 August 2014 | tags: r, rstats, devtools, github, -- (permalink)

The dtupdate package has functions that attempt to figure out which packages have non-CRAN versions (currently only looks for github ones) and then tries to figure out which ones have updates (i.e. the github version is > local version). It provides an option (not recommended) to auto-update any packages ...

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Wed 20 August 2014 | tags: r, rstats, iterm, osx, -- (permalink)

Sometimes you need to get to a command prompt from R, whether it’s to wrangle git on the command line or do some package work. RStudio provides ways to do this from menus and hotkeys, but on OS X it sticks you in I’m an iTerm ...

By Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr)
Fri 15 August 2014 | tags: r, rstats, valgrind, rcpp, dns, -- (permalink)

Thanks to a blog comment by @arj, I finally ran at least one of the new Rcpp-based through valgrind (resolv) and, sure enough there were a few memory leaks which are now fixed. However, I first ran valgind with a simple test R script that just did library(stats ...

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