Photos of the 6th MilanoR meeting (Milano; December 18, 2014)
In the R environment, different packages to draw maps are available. I lost the count by now; surely, sp and ggmap deserve consideration. Despite the great availability of R functions dedicated to this topic, in the past, when I needed to draw a very basic map of Italy with regions marked with different colours (namely a choropleth map), I had a bit of difficulties.
Contrary to general expectations, or at least to my expectations, the logical and analytical concepts behind statistics are rather difficult to understand by engineers. In general, despite their heavy background in maths and their above average fluency with computer programming, there seems to be a broken bridge with the statistical world and often they prefer to stay in the safe "math bank" of the river, despite the road to statistical fluency is shorter than they think.
In these days, I was talking about an R package I developed with a colleague. He used several times the word library to refer to the R package. So, I realized that many R users do not know that package and library are not synonymous when referring to R.
The "Writing R Extensions" manual is clear: "A package is not a library", although the same manual admits "this is a persistent mis-usage".
MilanoR staff is happy to announce the next MilanoR meeting on December 18, 2014.
Please stay connected: further details will be published soon!
R machine learning essentials will be published soon. The target audience is readers wanting to quickly get familiar with machine learning. The only requirement is knowing a bit about data analysis and/or coding concepts.