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Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby: Learning About Everyday Things Paperback – July 30, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1449315153 ISBN-10: 1449315151 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449315151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449315153
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Discover the world around you through programming

About the Author

Sau Sheong Chang has been in software development, mostly web applications and recently cloud- and data-related systems, for almost 17 years and is still a keen and enthusiastic programmer. He has been active in programming with Ruby for the past 6 years and recently started with R for the past year. He is active in the local developer communities, especially in the Singapore Ruby Brigade. In April 2011 he co-organized the first and largest Ruby conferences in Southeast Asia, the RedDotRubyConf.

He has published 2 books, the first in 2008 titled Ruby on Rails Mashup Projects and the second in 2010, titled Cloning Internet Applications with Ruby. Both books were published by Packt Publishing.

Mr. Chang is currently the Director of Applied Research in HP Labs Singapore, with research focusing on cloud computing and big data. His previous roles include a stint as the CTO of a popular online gaming company and Director of Engineering for Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

More detailed information can be found from http://www.saush.com/profile.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ilya Grigorik on July 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Stimulate your own curiosity by combining the two perfect companions: Ruby and R. Knowing the answer is one thing, but being able to model the problem, and to understand its nuances is a whole different story. The book assumes no prior knowledge of either Ruby or R and offers a gentle introduction to each before diving into the actual examples. The focus here is not the tools, but the process they enable.

Each chapter is dedicated to a specific problem, such as modeling supply and demand trends (armchair economist), analyzing your email inbox, or modeling restroom traffic in a building. You will learn how to use Ruby to create the model and to prepare the data, and then leverage R to do what it does best: slice and dice the data, plot it, and interpret it. As such, Ruby and R are separate tools - you won't be driving R from Ruby or vice versa, but they are nonetheless perfect companions. It is amazing how much you can do with just a few lines of Ruby and R!

Awesome book, made me want to roll up the sleeves and get dirty with the data. Highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JUAN JOSE DE LEON on July 26, 2012
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This is an nice to read book for experimenting with data analysis. If you are buying the book for a focus on programming, i don't recommend it. If your are looking for simulations and data analysis i do recommend it, i really enjoyed it. I feel like a can one day end up with a Freakonomics kind of experiment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason on July 5, 2012
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first off, on kindle cloud reader there is some sort of formatting issue. I see lots and lots of underline by the end of the book. Being an experienced Ruby programmer and a novice R programmer, I really enjoy "R" part of the book. esp love all the cool examples. I do wish the book would go deeper, I am surprised that there no mentioning of RSRUBY (Gem package for R) or any example that shows dynamic interaction between Ruby and R.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steef Jacobson, Ronin Software Inc. on August 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
easy to grasp Ruby & R intros were really nice, especially since I'm a ruby nube it gets you right into the rest of the book. The chapter were fun to get into and it even made my kids interested in the book.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anil Shankar on December 9, 2012
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The book has good content on how to get going with Ruby and R. You can scale up to small toy projects. The book would have turned out better without the needless personal anecdotes that don't provide any relevant context to the content/code that is discussed in each chapter. Get a basic reference on Ruby and another basic reference on R and you're better off to unleash the power of both these paradigms without getting bogged down by childhood personal anecdotes about the author(s).
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