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The Joint Statistics Meetings starting August 8 is the biggest meetup for statisticians in the world. Navigating the sheer quantity of interesting talks is challenging – there can be up to 50 sessions going on at a time!

To prepare for Seattle, we asked RStudio’s Chief Data Scientist Hadley Wickham for his top session picks. Here are 9 talks, admittedly biased towards R, graphics, and education, that really interested him and might interest you, too.

Check out these talks

Undergraduate Curriculum: The Pathway to Sustainable Growth in Our Discipline
Sunday, 1400-1550, CC-607
Statistics with Computing in the Evolving Undergraduate Curriculum
Sunday 1600-1750
In these back to back sessions, learn how statisticians are rising to the challenge of teaching computing and big(ger) data.

Recent Advances in Interactive Graphics for Data Analysis
Monday,1030-1220, CC-608
This is an exciting session discussing innovations in interactive visualisation, and it’s telling that all of them connect with R. Hadley will be speaking about ggvis in this session.

Preparing Students to Work in Industry
Monday, 1400-1550, CC-4C4
If you’re a student about to graduate, we bet there will be some interesting discussion for you here.

Stat computing and graphics mixer
Monday, 1800-2000, S-Ravenna
This is advertised as a business meeting, but don’t be confused. It’s the premier social event for anyone interested in computing or visualisation!

Statistical Computing and Graphics Student Paper Competition
Tuesday, 0830-1020, CC-308
Hear this year’s winners of the student paper award talk about visualising phylogenetic data, multiple change point detection, capture-recapture data and teaching intro stat with R. All four talks come with accompanying R packages!

The Statistics Identity Crisis: Are We Really Data Scientists?
Tuesday, 0830-1020, CC-609
This session, organised by Jeffrey Leek, features an all-star cast of Alyssa Frazee, Chris Volinsky, Lance Waller, and Jenny Bryan.

Doing Good with Data Viz
Wednesday, 0830-1020, CC-2B
Hear Jake Porway, Patrick Ball, and Dino Citraro talk about using data to do good. Of all the sessions, you shouldn’t miss, this is the one you really shouldn’t miss. (But unfortunately it conflicts with another great session – you have difficult choices ahead.)

Statistics at Scale: Applications from Tech Companies
Wednesday, 0830-1020, CC-204
Hilary Parker has organised a fantastic session where you’ll learn how companies like Etsy, Microsoft, and Facebook do statistics at scale. Get there early because this session is going to be PACKED!

There are hundreds of sessions at the JSM, so no doubt we’ve missed other great ones. If you think we’ve missed a “don’t miss” session, please add it to the comments so others can find it.

Visit RStudio at booth #435

In between session times you’ll find the RStudio team hanging out at booth #435 in the expo center (at the far back on the right). Please stop by and say hi! We’ll have stickers to show your R pride and printed copies of many of our cheatsheets.

See you in Seattle!

RStudio is excited to announce the general availability (GA) of shinyapps.io.

Shinyapps.io is an easy to use, secure, and scalable hosted service already being used by thousands of professionals and students to deploy Shiny applications on the web. Effective today, shinyapps.io has completed beta testing and is generally available as a commercial service for anyone.

As regular readers of our blog know, Shiny is a popular free and open source R package from RStudio that simplifies the creation of interactive web applications, dashboards, and reports. Until today, Shiny Server and Shiny Server Pro were the most popular ways to share shiny apps. Now, there is a commercially supported alternative for individuals and groups who don’t have the time or resources to install and manage their own servers.

We want to thank the nearly 8,000 people who created at least one shiny app and deployed it on shinyapps.io during its extensive alpha and beta testing phases! The service was improved for everyone because of your willingness to give us feedback and bear with us as we continuously added to its capabilities.

For R users developing shiny applications that haven’t yet created a shinyapps.io account, we hope you’ll give it a try soon!  We did our best to keep the pricing simple and predictable with Free, Basic, Standard, and Professional plans. Each paid plan has features and functionality that we think will appeal to different users and can be purchased with a credit card by month or year. You can learn more about shinyapps.io pricing plans and product features on our website.

We hope to see your shiny app on shinyapps.io soon!

Are you headed to Strata? It’s just around the corner!

We particularly hope to see you at R Day on October 15, where we will cover a raft of current topics that analysts and R users need to pay attention to. The R Day tutorials come from Hadley Wickham, Winston Chang, Garrett Grolemund, J.J. Allaire, and Yihui Xie who are all working on fascinating new ways to keep the R ecosystem apace of the challenges facing those who work with data.

If you plan to stay for the full Strata Conference+Hadoop World be sure to look us up in the Innovator Pavilion booth P14 during the Expo Hall hours. We’ll have the latest books from RStudio authors and “shiny” t-shirts to win. Share with us what you’re doing with RStudio and get your product and company questions answered by RStudio employees.

See you in New York City!

Please join us for our popular Introduction to R course for data scientists and data analysts in San Francisco on April 28 and 29.  This is a two-day workshop, designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to R that will have you analyzing and modeling data with R in no time. We will cover practical skills for visualizing, transforming, and modeling data in R. You will learn how to explore and understand data as well as how to build linear and non-linear models in R.

The course will be led by RStudio Master Instructor and author Dr. Garrett Grolemund.

We offer introductory R training only a few times a year. The Boston course in January sold out quickly. Space is limited. We encourage you to register (rstudio-sfbay.eventbrite.com) as soon as you can.

“The instructor was amazing. He knew so much and could answer any questions. His expertise was obvious and he was also very clear about how to explain it to a varied audience.” – Workshop Student, January 2014

“Very well organized and at a good pace. The example datasets were very helpful. Excellent teachers!” – Workshop Student, January 2014