useR Group Events - week of September 10, 2018

Upcoming R Community Events (week of 2018-09-10)

Week's summary: 19 events in at least 8 countries.


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MLDM Monday | 產業數據力-以傳統零售業為例

Date: 2018-09-10 at 19:30
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

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Data-Driven 實現好難?誰說只有新零售或電商才能用數據?這次將分享在傳統零售業如何透過數據協助公司決策.

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Venue: 社會創新實驗中心 (2樓A-5教室) at 65-57, Lane 248, Section 3, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan
Organized by Taiwan R User Group / MLDM Monday

Summer of Data Science Book Club

Date: 2018-09-10 at 17:30
Location: Charlottesville, United States

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Now that summer is in full swing, it's the perfect time to dive into a longer term project!

We'd like to challenge you to participate in the Summer of Data Science Twitter initiative started by Data Science Renee ( While the SoDS18 is open to all programming languages and endeavors related to becoming a (better) data scientist, we wanted to host a space within our Cville R-Ladies community to ask questions, provide support, and work together on group projects! Of course, there will also be snacks. :)

How do I participate?

We're going to kick off the book club by working through the first section of R for Data Science by Hadley Wickham and Garrett Grolemund (available for FREE at We'll start with Data Visualization with ggplot2, and we'll cover a ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: VividCortex at 300 Preston Avenue (Citizen's Commonwealth Center), 4th Floor, Charlottesville, VA, , United States
Organized by R-Ladies Charlottesville

Lightning Talks!

Date: 2018-09-10 at 18:00
Location: East Lansing, United States

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We are hosting a series of special events: lightning talks from the R-Ladies community! Come out to hear a variety of R & Data Science talks!

6:00–6:15 — Food & Networking
6:15–6:30 — Intro & Welcome back
6:30–7:15 — Lightning talks
7:15–7:30 — Questions & Networking

Topics could include:
- Cool R tips & tricks
- My favorite R package is …
- I use R in my work to …
- The most useful/fun thing I have learned in R recently
- My favorite R learning resource is …
- Why I ditched excel and learned R (and changed my life forever)

Talks will be informal (~5+1min); slides are optional. We encourage participation from everyone (beginners through experts; people who speak about R all the time and those don’t love to speak in public about anything).

Let us know that you would like to present by completing this form: ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Biomedical & Physical Sciences Building at 567 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI, , United States
Organized by R-Ladies East Lansing

Dataviz Study Group: Intro to ggplot2

Date: 2018-09-10 at 18:00
Location: Chicago, United States

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Interested in data visualization? Then this study group is for you! Whether you’re beginner or an expert you’re welcome to join! Just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm.

In this study group meeting, we will be getting brief introduction to ggplot2. ggplot2 is a R package created by Hadley Wickham to create aesthetically pleasing graphics. ggplot2 uses concepts from Leland Wilkinson's Grammar of Graphics to create graphics; making it have a steeper learning curve then R’s default graphic package.

Study Group Agenda

6:00-6:15 -- Setup, intros, small talk
6:15-6:45 -- Introductory talk about ggplot2 and the grammar of graphics
6:45-7:45 -- Collaborative/Exploratory Coding/Questions about readings
7:45-8:00 -- Set goals for the next meeting, get feedback from participants


Thank you to Swoon Staffing ( and Antoine Smith for providing ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Swoon at 300 S. Wacker Ste. 300, Chicago, IL, , United States
Organized by R-Ladies Chicago

Genève R Users Meetup

Date: 2018-09-11 at 19:00
Location: Genève, Switzerland

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*** NOTE: The SDG Solution space is just on the south-west side of Campus Biotech (see map)**

Speaker: Bobby Stuijfzand, Data Scientist

Title: Re-purposing messy data for research: transparent data cleaning with R markdown

In this talk the speaker will share some of my experiences in preparing messy administrative datasets in R, to make them suitable for research purposes. I will give specific attention to how to make the cleaning process as transparent as possible to an audience of domain experts who have no working knowledge of R. This transparency is crucial, as it usually are the domain experts who will be able to tell what is sensible data and what isn’t.

About the speaker: I am an educational scientist and teacher who found out eight years ago he really liked statistics. I completed a PhD at the University of Bristol (UK) on statistical methods for eye tracking data, after which I worked at the University as a data scientist collaborating with resea ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: SDG Solution Space at Avenue de Sécheron 15, Genève, Switzerland
Organized by Genève R User Group

Causal Inference/ Hans Rosling's Factfulness and googleVis / R Notebooks

Date: 2018-09-11 at 19:00
Location: Denver, United States

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CausalImpact Package
Karen Kazor - Oracle Data Cloud -

CausalImpact is a package contributed by the folks at Google to estimate the effect of a treatment or intervention on a individuals observed over time. In online advertising a common example is estimating additional clicks or other actions attributed to a campaign. Karen will discuss some of the ins and outs of this package.

Matt Pocernich - Oracle Data Cloud
Hans Rosling - Truthfulness and googleVis

Inspired by Hans Rosling's book - Factfulness, I will re-visit the googleVis package which was inspired by the very cool animated plots used in his 2006 Ted Talk. This talk will illustrate some the topics from recent book using goolevis and ggplot.

Question for discussion: When and why do you use R Notebooks in lieu of traditional Markdown documents?

... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Galvanize at 1062 Delaware Street, Denver, CO, 80204, United States
Organized by Denver R User Group

Creating Maps In R

Date: 2018-09-12 at 18:00
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

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We are very excited to have Dr Sarah Marshall from AUT as our speaker at this meetup.

A huge thanks to AUT for hosting in their new WZ building.

Time: 6:00 arrival for a 6:30pm start.

What to bring: laptops with R installed, arrive early if you are a beginner and would like help with your R install. Code templates to be provided via github on the day.

Description: Maps provide a powerful way of visualising geographic data. In this session we will explore how R can be used to create maps and gain insights from geographic data. This interactive session will use both global and NZ examples.

Bio: Dr Sarah Marshall is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at AUT. Sarah joined AUT in February 2014. Sarah completed her undergraduate studies in Economics, Psychology and Operations Research at Victoria University of Wellington. After graduating, she worked in the Australian stockbroking industry before returning to New Zea ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Room WZ501, WZ Building, AUT at 6–24 St Paul Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Organized by R-Ladies Auckland

Data Science With R Bootcamp

Date: 2018-09-12 at 20:00
Location: Kano, Nigeria

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Training on R for data science

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Venue: DiceBox Innovation Hub at Nassarawa, Kano, Nigeria
Organized by Kano R User Group

Beyond SELECT: Query Tuning for Data Manipulation

Date: 2018-09-12 at 17:30
Location: See event signup, orgainized by Arizona SQL Server User Group

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Beyond SELECT: Query Tuning for Data Manipulation


We're still finalizing the location, but we're looking at a place in North Tempe.


Your server has dozens of CPUs, terabytes of RAM, and solid-state drives, and yet your UPDATE query still takes hours. Why? In this demo-filled session, we will discuss the common pitfalls for any SQL professional who is manipulating large sets of data with INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements. Not only will you learn about potential issues involving data pages, locks, and the transaction log, but also how to spot problems before execution and what commands you can use to improve performance.


Jeff Iannucci

Speaker Bio:

Jeff Iannucci is Senior Database Administrator for Republic Services in Scottsdale, AZ. He has nearly 20 years of SQL Server experience as both Database Administrator and Developer in diverse environments such as health care, finance, retai ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: TBD, see event signup link at Meetup
Organized by Arizona SQL Server User Group

Redmond PASS User Group Meeting

Date: 2018-09-12 at 18:00
Location: Redmond, United States

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5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Networking with beverages and snacks
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM User Group updates
6:10 PM - 6:15 PM Job openings and Job Seekers announced
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM Featured presentation
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM Q&A and continued networking

"The Why, When, and How of Microsoft Azure Data Factory"
by Mark Kromer, Microsoft Sr. Program Manager

Azure Data Factory is Microsoft’s Data Integration tool in the Cloud. Join Microsoft's Mark Kromer to learn how to use ADF for data ingestion and ETL projects as part of the Modern Data Warehouse scenario. He’ll also showcase some of the new features currently in preview in ADF and talk about the product roadmap.


We've love to keep in touch! Visit to join our larger user group organization to get access to free learning content, database and BI experts, and join our local ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Microsoft Corporate Main Campus Building 35 at 3940 159th Ave Ne, Redmond, United States
Organized by Redmond PASS User Group for SQL Server & Data Professionals

#30 Matlab2R, MSOfficeDocs with R

Date: 2018-09-13 at 19:00
Location: Berlin, Germany

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Eduard Parsadanyan will give a talk about Corporate reporting with R: create and manipulate MS Office documents.
Philip Rausch will outine an approach to calling deployed Matlab functions from within R.

Longer info:
Eduard Parsadanyan will give a talk about Corporate reporting with R: create and manipulate MS Office documents.

Philip Rausch (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) will give a talk outlining a new approach to calling deployed Matlab functions from R, which allows to combine Matlab-based backends with R wrapper functions and only requires the user to install the freely available Matlab Runtime Environment. He will introduce the general approach, illustrate it with examples from different packages currently under development, talk about aspects of the custom C-interface and address pros, cons and challenges related to technical and licensing aspects. While the corresponding packages are currently in their final stages of development with some issues left ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: ** EUROPACE** at Klosterstr. 71 10179 , Berlin, Germany
Organized by Berlin R Users Group

LALUG - Stammtisch

Date: 2018-09-13 at 20:00
Location: Landshut, Germany

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Jeden zweiten Donnerstag im Monat findet unser Linux Stammtisch im Gasthaus zur Insel statt.
Es warten ein reger Austausch über die letzten Neuigkeiten und Anwendungsfälle rund um das freie Betriebssystem Linux. Jede/r mit Interesse an der Technik rund um Linux / UNIX ist herzlich eingeladen den Stammtisch zu besuchen.

Wir tauschen uns z. B. über die Lösungen von Problemen von Datenbanken über Webservern oder selbstgebauten Entertainment Systemen aus. Auch über Trends in der Programmierung oder Netzwerklösungen wird gerne gesprochen.

Der Stammtisch kann auch nach Absprache als Plattform für das vorstellen eines Projekts oder einer interessanten neuen Technologie genutzt werden.

... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Gasthof zur Insel at Badstraße 16, Landshut, Germany
Organized by LALUG - Landshuter Linux User Group - Stammtisch

Learn to make a website with R and blogdown!

Date: 2018-09-13 at 18:00
Location: Philadelphia, United States

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At the September meetup we'll all be making websites with blogdown! First we'll cover some markdown basics and then we’ll build a website live so you can bring your laptops and code along. By the end of the meetup you will have a basic website deployed and customized with your info. Only some basic familiarity with R and RStudio is necessary. Make sure you have RStudio installed with the blogdown package (

Katie Scranton will be leading the meetup. Katie organized the RLadies Los Angeles group before moving back to Philly. (built with blogdown 😉)

Make sure to RSVP and bring ID, as access to the building is limited to those on the event list.

... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Penn Dental Medicine, Robert Schattner Center at 240 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Organized by R-Ladies Philly

Boston useR: Deploying a Vehicle Score Model to Predict When a Car Will Sell

Date: 2018-09-13 at 18:00
Location: Boston, United States

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Deploying a Vehicle Score Model to Predict When a Car Will Sell: Plumber and SageMaker

At some point in the car shopping process, over 70% of car shoppers interact with a Cox Automotive brand. For our data science teams, this means we have access to tremendous data for building models to deliver business insights and data products. However, delivering data science models that could be used in real-time at the scale required by Cox Automotive was a challenge. Many methods for model delivery limit the modeling approaches, or require substantial rework by the engineering teams. By leveraging Plumber, and working with Engineering teams to implement using the AWS SageMaker bring-your-own-algorithm feature, we were able to decouple the development of a statistical model from the engineering specifications for stability and reliability. This allowed each team to focus on their core skill sets, and fostered collaboration between data science and engineering teams.

< ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: WeWork St. James at 31 Saint James Avenue, Boston, United States
Organized by Greater Boston useR Group (R Programming Language)

R + SAS, Environments for Annotations, & FiraCode

Date: 2018-09-13 at 19:00
Location: Ann Arbor, United States

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We've got 3 talks this month, short, medium, and long, all from long-time A2RUG attendees; abstracts and bios below!

Pizza and refreshments will be provided (thanks SPARK!), and after the meetup we'll head to a local watering hole (TBD) to continue the conversation.


R and SAS and R - Barry DeCicco: The R package knitr allows R to be used in conjunction with other software package, and not just as a way to produce better output. This presentation will show how to use R/RStudio/knitr to call SAS. In addition, R can be called from SAS, with efficient and easy data transfer.

Barry DeCicco has been a statistician for 26 years, working in the healthcare and automotive industries. He has worked for the Ford Motor Company, Visteon, the University of Michigan School or Nursing and Health System, Nissan and EPITEC. He has worked on engineering reliability, experimental design, psychometrics (patient, customer and employee satisfaction, and patient behavior) and ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Ann Arbor SPARK at 330 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Organized by Ann Arbor R User Group

R User Group

Date: 2018-09-13 at 18:00
Location: Saint Louis, United States

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The meetup will be held in the CIC building at 20 South Sarah Street, St. Louis, MO 63108. We will be in the Showroom. The building entrance is at the corner of Forest Park Avenue and Sarah Street. You can find directions at (CIC@CET).

We will meet for snacks, set-up, and conversation at 6:00PM. The presentation will start at 6:30PM and will be about 60 minutes long.

... read more at the event page.

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Venue: CIC@CET at 20 S. Sarah St., Saint Louis, MO, , United States
Organized by Saint Louis R User Group

R and Research

Date: 2018-09-14 at 14:00
Location: See event signup, orgainized by Offa R Users Group

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Come along with your research topics.

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Venue: TBD, see event signup link at Meetup
Organized by Offa R Users Group

R and Python study group

Date: 2018-09-15 at 10:00
Location: West des Moines, United States

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Are you tired of learning and playing with Python and R alone? Would you like to get together with a few friends and learn together? I have been starting to learn R and Python for data science and following the typical route of videos and practice projects. I really want to ramp up my learning and exposure to different ways. Here is my proposal:

- Gather a small group of 2-5 and learn together.
- Meet at a coffee shop, library, or some other space that has Wi-Fi.
- Pick a project, data set or problem, then work to solve it with different tools.
- Keep it fluid and informal.
- Meet on a regular basis, say weekly to start, and adjust as needed.
- Aim to keep the meetings 2-4 hours long, but this can be adjusted to the project or group. People can come and go as needed.
- It does not have to be the same people each time, so you only have to commit to going once to check it out.

Are you interested? Show up at the meeting spot, have some coffee, meet ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Panera Bread at 4150 Westown Pkwy, West des Moines, IA, 50265, United States
Organized by Central Iowa R User Group

Deploying Shiny Open Source Server in a Software as a Service Web Application

Date: 2018-09-15 at 09:30
Location: Spokane, United States

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Presenter: Fred Franken

About the Presenter: Fred Franken has over 15 years of experience in data analysis, primarily in the biomedical industry. His background includes work at the NIH, in the private sector, and in numerous academic research laboratories, including Oregon Health and Science University, where he earned his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2011. He currently works in the private sector as a scientist at Jubilant HollisterStier in Spokane, WA. He is also co-founder of ieMetrics, a local startup that develops R-integrated web applications for data management and analysis.

About the Presentation: Shiny Server and the Shiny package allow users to deploy interactive R applications as stand-alone web pages. This presentation covers the basic steps for deploying a Shiny server and integrating Shiny apps within larger web applications. Topics will include: setup of Shiny Open Source Server and Rstudio on a Digital Ocean droplet, connecting Shiny applications ... read more at the event page.

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Venue: Gonzaga University School of Business Administration at Jepson Center, Room 126, Spokane, wa, 31401, United States
Organized by Inland Northwest R User Group (INRUG)

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