Movie Review X Men Days of Future Past

The great thing about the movie is the story and the cast. The worst thing is you still end up cheering for Peter Dinklage. Wolverine is grayer ( which is surprising since he did not age right) and both Patrick Stewart and Gandalf the Grey look a wee bit subdued. The younger Magneto and Xavier though end up owning the show. The actor playing Nixon looked plastic. How did a guy with a nose like that ever get elected?

Fun time- awesome plot- Bryan Singer returns to prime form. Alas, this may be one over milked franchise if they decide to sequel it. This is the perfect ending!x-men-days-of-future-past22

Revolution Analytics and RStudio- Different approaches to being open source in #rstats

RStudio is free ( as in beer) and free (as in speech). You pay for RStudio Services ( including training, enterprise and pro editions ).But the software is both open source and free for everyone. The services is how they basically pay for bread and pizza. is currently in Alpha which means we’re still figuring out exactly how pricing will work for the service. We do know that we’ll have a tiered pricing model in hopes of making the service accessible to as many different groups as we can. We will offer a free tier for users with light needs and feature requirements.

We’ll announce the specifics of the pricing model for in the coming months.

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RStudio Server Pro lets multiple users share access to powerful compute resources (memory, processors, etc.). Team leaders can centralize the installation and configuration of their R environment with the visibility and control needed to manage it all effectively.

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RStudio offers discounts on RStudio Server Pro and Shiny Server Pro for businesses up to $5 million in annual revenue. Our goal to make it so that small startups and developers can get started easily with a credit card. Our intention is to charge a fair price for the value derived and to grow with each small business as they gain value from our products.

To qualify for Small Business discounts, businesses must:

  • Disclose last year’s annual revenue to RStudio on request (for example, provide an accounting statement)
  • Display “Powered by RStudio™ Shiny” at the bottom of all Shiny application pages
  • Complete the order online (links below)
    • Accept the standard “click-through” RStudio license agreement
    • Pay by credit card
  • Repeat these steps to re-qualify annually at the time of renewal

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The champion of the Enterprise software for the R language remains Revolution Analytics.

They offer source code for all, and free software for academics. The have training services  and they are much ahead of RStudio is partnering up formally with other players and corporates in the ecosystem.  By cleverly using consultants included noted package creators, they have managed to keep their costs down and research output high including R Hadoop, Revo Deploy R and the earlier optimized efforts.

But the basic software is not free, RevoScaleR package does not have a community edition, there is no SMB discounts. Part of the reason is Revolution is funded by Intel and Microsoft initially, while RStudio chugs along on it’s own. Revolution Analytics has also changed 3 CEOs and at one time fired half the staff while RStudio has cautiously and steadily ramped up.

This is one reason lot more people use software from RStudio , lot less people use software from Revolution Analytics, and RevoScaleR package is not so widely known in industry

Revolution R Enterprise Workstation

Your workstation license entitles you to exclusive use by a single named user and excludes automated use of the software, including scheduled batch processing and embedding into other software applications; includes the Revolution R Productivity Environment on the Windows platform only.

Revolution R Enterprise Entry Workstation: Up to 4 cores
Revolution R Enterprise Power Workstation: Up to 8 cores

Revolution R Enterprise Server

A server license of Revolution R Enterprise supports unlimited users, and is required for automated applications including scheduled batch processing, and embedding into other software applications. A server license includes use of the DeployR Web Services framework.

Revolution R Enterprise Training

Revolution Analytics provides world class training, designed and delivered by R programming experts, to ensure that you and your team are immediately productive and able to take advantage of all the features and functions available in Revolution R Enterprise Workstation and Server. In addition to our core product courses, we provide industry specific training opportunities as well as custom, on-site training to bring your entire team up to speed all at the same time.

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Even SAS University Edition is now more generous licencing than Revolution Analytics policy for RevoScaleR.


Yesterday’s revolutionaries for analytics are today’s contented conservatives.

There is lip service paid to FOSS and FOAS by the so called decade long flag bearers of open source in Revolution Analytics.

But isn’t it ironic,  don’t you think?


Fixing Search for Jobs and Resumes

When we search for websites on Google and Bing, we get relatively efficient results of what we are searching for just based on keywords. However for both candidates as well as companies, searching across jobs and resumes is tougher because most job portals do not have the chops to invest in algorithmic unstructured text search. Instead we encounter a scenario where the entire industry of recruitment agencies and consultants exist so that manual intervention reduces the inefficiency of this particular case of search. Even recruitment agencies have a checklist of questions to ask and they store the data in CRM software

Why is this possible? Economics is the study of incentives and a big chunk of paying customers for Job Portals is recruitment consultants. Making Job and Resume search much more efficient would enable both candidates and companies to bypass the traditional model of going via agencies and consultants.

Perhaps the only company with a strong enough database is LinkedIN with Google and Facebook as close behinds. This is a billion dollar industry, it is ripe for disruption, and the bits and pieces for fixing this basic mathematical search problem already exist. Perhaps what is needed is a database with enough data, activity captured through large enough agencies or HCRM software, integrated with algorithms.

The basic problem is Spammy or Outdated results in both resume search and job search. Spam should be fixed in a cutting way, dont you think?

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Interns for

Do you know a bright young person whom you think should have a crack at an analytics career?

I am trying to get on site or remote location interns for helping me manage’s growth-Remote candidates would be expected to be available for a Skype video call for not more than 30 minutes daily and adherence to commited quality and timelines.

Please spread this if you would like to help. Candidates can apply here-



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About the Internship:The communication intern will proof read, edit and write content including blog posts and social media. The intern will be given on the job training for social media, web analytics and search engine optimization as well as an understanding of digital business. Only requirement needs to be learnability, truthfulness and a good command of English

The graphic design intern will create , edit and write graphics including icons, logos, posters and infographics. The intern will be given on the job training for designing in a real time environment, web analytics and search engine optimization as well as an understanding of digital business. Only requirement needs to be learnability, truthfulness and a good command of design.

The management intern will create , edit and make schedules and assist in cordination. The intern will be given on the job training for managing in a start up environment, web analytics and search engine marketing as well as an understanding of digital business. Only requirement needs to be learnability, truthfulness, passion and good management skills.

The data science intern will create , edit and make data science research and assist in writing. The intern will be given on the job training for data science and analytics. Only requirement needs to be learnability, truthfulness, passion for writing code and hacking problems on the fly.

# of Internships available:  4
Who can apply:The internships require people who are serious about careers, can devote the agreed upon hours per week and meet deadlines. Preferences will be given to candidates from established institutes and prior academic record.

Streams: Analytics, Design, Engineering Management, English, Humanities, Management, Engineering