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New Delhi R Users Group- Noida Chapter Begins

I founded the New Delhi R Users group almost a year ago. It now has 183 members, and we recently held our first Noida Chapter meeting ( Delhi is a huge area, with Noida and Gurgaon as two adjoining suburban hubs). The response was terrific many people attended. ndr

The sessions were divided in two- for beginners and advanced users

This was the agenda

We invite you on the R learning session at Apsidata Solutions on 7th Dec 2013 from 2:30PM-5:00PM.

Our purpose is to cover up the basics of R and its current market and business scope.

We have divided the session in 2 parts-

(PART – I) Introduction and basics graphs of R (by Su  from 2:30PM – 3:30PM)


·         Basic Introduction

·         Introduction of Statistical Analysis

·         Installation of R

·         What is Package and how to install and use it.

·         R-commander

·         Importing Data in R

·         Hands-on inbuilt functions

·         Graphs

Half an hour break for discussion and queries (from 3:30PM -4:00PM)

(PART – II) – What’s new in R and its market (by Ajay Ohri from 4:00PM – 5:00PM)


·         Rattle-Data mining

·         R-Studio Sever

·         R-Fiddle

·         Statace




First part for beginners was taken by Su, my student from Edureka 

These were the slides

Part 1

Part 2


Overall, we trying hard to develop the R ecosystem in a Microsoft ruled country :)

My Creativity

When not distributing my ideas for free and all kinds of people claiming me as an advisor based on a few emails-

This isn’t a new topic, one of our advisors Ajay Ohri, also the author of Springer’s book on R, wrote about this idea back in 2011   (http://readwrite.com/2011/06/01/an-app-store-for-algorithms#awesm=~ohfvTpPiq6Jmt5).

Some of you know I have been trying to write a movie


Some of you know I write poetry blog http://poemsforkush.com/  (









Coming up- a post of the different kinds of dashboards within different social media websites etc.

Google Crisis Map and India’s Cyclone -a great application of GIS /Spatial Data

Google Crisis Map is a good example of how technology can be used for the good of making people live, even though it originally was derived from other applications.


Screenshot from 2013-10-12 18:22:55

Mandatory Screenshot

-Screenshot from 2013-10-12 17:23:01Boingo Mobile’s Hotspot locator is a great example of a way of making GIS make money without being evil.



Why a shutdown led US default could trigger The Third Opium War

What were  The Opium Wars?


The Opium Wars, also known as the Anglo-Chinese Wars, divided into the First Opium War from 1839 to 1842 and the Second Opium War from 1856 to 1860. These were the climax of disputes over trade and diplomatic relations between China under the Qing Dynasty and the British Empire.

The import of opium into China stood at 200 chests (annual) in 1729,[1] when the first anti-opium edict was promulgated.[2][3] This edict was weakly enforced,[3] and by the time Chinese authorities reissued the prohibition in starker terms in 1799,[4] the figure had leaped; 4,500 chests were imported in the year 1800.[1] The decade of the 1830s witnessed a rapid rise in opium trade,[5] and by 1838 (just before the first Opium War) it climbed to 40,000 chests.[1][5]

Considering that importation of opium into China had been virtually banned by Chinese law, the East India Company established an elaborate trading scheme partially relying on legal markets, and partially leveraging illicit ones. British merchants carrying no opium would buy tea in Canton on credit, and would balance their debts by selling opium at auction in Calcutta. From there, the opium would reach the Chinese coast hidden aboard British ships then smuggled into China by native merchants. In 1797 the company further tightened its grip on the opium trade by enforcing direct trade between opium farmers and the British, and ending the role of Bengali purchasing agents. British exports of opium to China grew from an estimated 15 tons in 1730 to 75 tons in 1773. The product was shipped in over two thousand chests, each containing 140 pounds (64 kg) of opium.[21]


British military superiority drew on newly applied technology. British warships wreaked havoc on coastal towns; the steam ship Nemesis was able to move against the winds and tides and support a gun platform with very heavy guns. In addition, the British troops were the first to be armed with modern muskets and cannons, which fired more rapidly and with greater accuracy than the Qing firearms and artillery, though Chinese cannons had been in use since previous dynasties. After the British took Canton, they sailed up the Yangtze and took the tax barges, a devastating blow to the Empire as it slashed the revenue of the imperial court in Beijing to just a fraction of what it had been.



China’s Holdings of U.S. Securities: Implications for the U.S. Economy
Screenshot from 2013-10-08 07:52:20
Notice how Chinese purchases of US Treasury mirror the rise in Opium purchases.
A technical default by US due to internal politics can enhance conflict and stress between China
It offers a great opportunity for the US to virtually cancel the US debt into half, by going into conflict.
The window of opportunity for US military superiority over China is limited- within a decade China would no longer be a generation behind US Aircraft Carriers.
So the US might just make a huge profit because of the shutdown. Still think that Boehner is crazy?
ps- In 1858, about twenty years after the first Opium War, the annual import rose to 70,000 chests (4,480 tons), approximately equivalent to global production of opium for the decade surrounding the year 2000

Potential Economic Consequences to Western Strike on Assad/Syria


  1. Oil goes up.
  2. Rupee goes down
  3. Bonds go up
  4. Stocks go down
  5. Dollar under some pressure

Medium Term

  1. Oil stays >100
  2. Canadian Oil pipeline better likelihood
  3. Russian wrangles or does not some energy deal/benefit
  4. Economic GDP in West inches up
  5. Clear message sent to other nations with WMD including Iran and North Korea
  6. US Distraction encourages spin off ripple effects from other smaller nations
  7. Terrorism or Al Quaeda in Syria comes back

(based on a question asked)

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Screenshot from 2013-08-27 22:23:13

New Delhi R User Group and other thoughts

  1. The New Delhi R User group co-founded by me in 2011 now has 111 members , 5 organizers (including the now Canada exiled me) and two sponsors including Revolution Analytics (meetup fees) and Mimir Technologies (location ,office and refreshments) with almost 7-8 successful meetups.
  2. Despite the high fees of Meetup.com (converted in Indian rupees) , New Delhi continues to stick to it, thanks to Revolution’s generous support.
  3. UseRs continue to be of wide diversity including expatriate Americans, Doctors, Researchers, Analysts, IT people
  4. I am hoping more people in India create local R groups in other cities
  5. I hope someone comes up with a non-spam, non expensive option to Meetup.com which is not really an open platform (not really FOAS)
  6. The quality of technology and speed at which New Delhi users continue to pick and spread R amazes me.
  7. Fun Fact- India has largest number of analytics professionals certified in SAS language a fact that has been noticed by SAS clone WPS which is the option of choice for third party training institutes undercutting the SAS Institute itself on pricing while teaching SAS language.
  8. Funny Facts- I have kickstarted R language programs for two institutes in India- but am still searching for a better and cheaper alternative to Coursera (hands off) training, and Online (paid and support) training. Is there any FOAS training in R which offers tutoring as well? I have tried SageBourse- again with mixed results. It worked better for SAS language queries. I am loath to open my own training business as it takes time away from my writing.

Top five ways to do business unethically in India

Over a decade long career , I have often been reminded of this saying from erstwhile mentors in long forgotten consulting email group- It is not WHAT you KNOW, it is WHO you KNOW. The power of WHO you KNOW can defeat even what you know , have learnt or worked hard at. Accordingly these are some wry observations on how businesses sometimes take shortcuts in India, and the whys and wherefores.

1) Regulatory Arbitrage due to Lack of Regulatory Oversight- This is especially true in terms of labor practices. This includes under-paying Caucasians and non -Indians for internships , or jobs (in the name of sponsoring the work visa). India is an extremely inexpensive place to stay in, but it is sometimes unfriendly (in terms of laws not people) to people visiting from the West. This ranges from amusing things to paying 10 times the price for non Indian visitors to Taj Mahal- to not so funny things as paying them lower salaries because they need  a reason to stay on. Unfortunately this is true in many countries -underpaying aliens, but it is much better regulated in the West.

2) Stealing Intellectual Property- I have often known people to steal presentations and even excel macros from the place they were working to the new place. Almost no one gets prosecuted for intellectual property theft (unless you are caught with 10,000 pirated music or film cds)

3) Using Pirated Softwares – Lack of awareness of FOSS means many SMEs use shortcuts including downloading software from Pirate Bay and using this to work for clients in the West. Example- This could be as simple as downloading SAS software from Internet, or using WPS software for training and mis-representing SAS Institute’s name. (added confusion due to SAS -software,company,language ) . There are other major companies who suffer from this too, notably Microsoft.

This could be as complex as using academic versions of enterprise software for businesses purposes. In each case because of the geography, legal risk is quite low, and returns quite high from pirated software. It also helps lower the unethical vendor’s quotation of prices compared to the one who is doing it straight.

One way to avoid this is -ask your vendor to show you copy of how many legal licence’s for software. It can also help in cutting down exaggerated bench strength claims of vendors, as sometimes businesses hire many people and then put them on internal projects.

4) Illegal Trade practices- This include making employees sign a 1 year bond for not leaving the company after they have visited the West for company work- in the name of training . This also includes abusing the loopholes in various types of visa.

5) Ignoring signed contracts and negotiating to lower prices at every step illegally, in collusion with other vendors ( there is no effective anti -trust act ) and using the complete inadequate and lengthy nature of filing court cases in India.
Almost every non Indian client I know pays on time- almost every Indian client I know needs reminders. This is more of a mindset problem , knowing the reluctance to file lawsuits in India given slow progress in the courts ( India has 1.2 billion people and per capita access to judges and lawyers is quite low). The buzz word is- How much can we settle this? Lets do a settlement!

In the long run, this is choking off growth and potential of SMEs in India. In a continuing series- I will help the non Indian users with ways to use technology for legal remedies  in India for intellectual property  along with known case studies and examples.


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