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Welcome to the Microsoft Data Science User Group website. This site is the hub for our open source data science community outreach. We’ll be sharing technology, training, events and information with you and inviting you to share with us and each other. We hope you enjoy the content and find it useful. Please feel free to provide feedback to us through our Contact Us form.

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Welcome! – Issue 6, June 2016

This year’s useR! conference on Stanford University’s campus has been sold out for quite a long while. Limited space meant that a lot of people were not able to secure tickets and there are some seriously disappointed R users out there. Well, we are lucky enough to have Joseph Rickert... Read more »


Features – Issue 6, June 2016

Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s managed Hadoop and Spark cloud service that runs the Hortonworks Data Platform, now supports Apache Spark v.1.6.1. Microsoft worked with Hortonworks to add capabilities to the YARN resource manager and co-led “Project Livy” with Cloudera and other organizations to create an open... Read more »

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Events – Issue 6, June 2016

Microsoft participates in a lot of events around the world, both big and small. In this section we focus on events where Microsoft will have a presence and you will have the opportunity to meet up with us and ask questions about products and technologies in the data science arena.... Read more »

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Tips & Tricks – Issue 6, June 2016

From the Blogs The “feather” package for fast data exchange between Python and R, now on CRAN. A tutorial on installing R packages on a firewalled SQL Server instance. How to train gradient-boosted trees with Microsoft R Server. A 3-part tutorial on principal components regression in R: part 1, part... Read more »

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Training & Education – Issue 6, June 2016

Data Science Essentials – Online, 20JUN16 Explore data visualization and exploration concepts with experts from MIT and Microsoft, and get an introduction to machine learning. Principles of Machine Learning – Online, 27JUN16 Get hands-on experience building and deriving insights from machine learning models using R, Python, and Azure Machine Learning.... Read more »

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Community Events – Issue 6, June 2016

So our Community Calendar is having technical difficulties. We are working on it but it may be a while before we are back to full operations there. So, please send your events to if you want us to help promote them. Thank you! Seattle Data/Analytics/Machine Learning will host Ted... Read more »