Data Analysis With R

I’ve been working my way through the Machine Learning for Hackers book from O’Reilly press (which really should be named R for Machine Learning), and just finished a small data analysis project in R. While the syntax is a little awkward, the power under the hood of R is fantastic. ’nuff said.

Anyways, I’d recommend the book, with the caveat that you’re going to need to reference the github server for both data and clarity regarding programming points: For example, Infochimps has a flawed security certificate (making downloading data sets dodgy), and there were enough coding errors in the book’s first chapter to cause me to develop 2-3 hours worth of workarounds (and headaches.) Not on par with the Head First HTML/CSS book, that’s for sure – Machine Learning seems hastily put together, but worthwhile for the knowledge core.

Anyways, here’s the project output, an analysis produced in R of roughly 45,000 UFO sightings from 1990-2010, by US state, month, and year.

UFO Sightings

45,000 UFO sightings by state, year, and month.

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One Response to Data Analysis With R

  1. April A. says:

    Thank for always sharing!

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