I recently received my monthly email from David Smith of Revolution Analytics highlighting the June articles from his wonderful blog on the latest developments with the R Project for Statistical Computing. RA's business charter is to commercialize open source R, making the platform suitable for serious business applications. I'd encourage anyone interested in statistics to take a look at David's site, even if you're not an R aficionado. Among this month's goodies are intriguing graphical analyses of competitive Nordic skiing, the recently-completed World Cup and the BP Gulf oil spill debacle.

My latest RA blog read focused on two posted interviews with new Revolution Analytics CEO Norman Nie; the first by Fox Business Network, the second by Internet Evolution Radio. I was wary of the Fox interview, as I am with anything from Fox – and it turns out for good reason. The 5-minute clip with an unprepared moderator tells us pretty much nothing about RA. Indeed, Nie had to correct one interviewer mistake on the current statistical market leader and veer off on his own to mention open source – the driver of the RA business model. Why am I not surprised?

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