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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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Introducing R: From Your Laptop to HPC and Big Data

SESSION: Introducing R: From Your Laptop to HPC and Big Data

EVENT TYPE: Tutorials

TIME: 8:30AM - 12:00PM



The R language has been called the "lingua franca" of data analysis and statistical computing, and is quickly becoming the de facto standard for analytics. This tutorial will introduce attendees to the basics of the R language with a focus on its recent high performance extensions enabled by the ``Programming with Big Data in R'' (pbdR) project. Although R had a reputation for lacking scalability, our experiments with pbdR have easily scaled to 50 thousand cores. No background in R is assumed but even R veterans will benefit greatly from the session. We will cover only those basics of R that are needed for the HPC portion of the tutorial. The tutorial is very much example-oriented, with many opportunities for the engaged attendee to follow along. Examples on real data will utilize common data analytics techniques, such as principal components analysis and cluster analysis.

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