SQL Server 2016: R Integration Redux

SQL Server 2016 has now reached Release Candidate 3 (RC3). One of the new features that continues to foster interest in the analytics and data mining community is the integration of SQL Server with the open-source statistics toolset R. If you fall into this category, I’m inclined to suggest you remain patient and wait for […]
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SQL Server 2016: Choosing Your R-Chitecture

Enthusiastic data miners are excited about the new possibilities which have opened up with Microsoft R. Not everyone, however, has realized that the so-called “in-database” R is not the best choice for every application of R to SQL Server data. One database administrator expressed concern about R competing with SQL Server for precious RAM. A […]
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A Problem with R

  The value of R lies in the enormous quantity of code contributed by analysts and academic researchers over many years, providing a packaged solution not only for common analytical techniques but also the esoteric and the obscure. The problem with R, and one that concerns many analysts dealing with large data volumes, is that […]
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Introducing Microsoft R Server

Earlier this year Microsoft released Microsoft R Server. This is essentially a rebranding of Revolution R Enterprise—acquired through Microsoft’s acquisition of Revolution Analytics in April 2015. However, the fact that Microsoft is backing the product makes a big difference to many potential corporate users. And with Microsoft embracing R across the company, more investment in […]
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Conducting sentiment analysis using R

I’ve been asked on numerous occasions how to conduct sentiment analyses in R. There used to be a sentiment package, but it’s now only available via the archive. An alternative approach (and one that works with languages other than R) is to use a sentiment analysis web service. There are numerous services to choose from. […]
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