The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th of November at 5.30pm in Room LG.11 in David Hume Tower, followed by drinks and chat in the Potting Shed.
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Colin Gillespie as our speaker this month. Colin is a senior statistics lecturer at Newcastle University. He has been using R since 1999 and teaching R programming for the last eight years. Colin has authored a number of R packages, regularly answers R questions on stackoverflow and recently published Efficient R programming with O’Reilly.
He’ll give an hour interactive seminar entitled My R code is slow:
One of the simplest ways to speed up your code is to buy a faster computer. While this advice is certainly trite, it is something that should still be considered. However it is often unclear to determine the benefit of upgrading your system. The
benchmarkmepackage aims to tackle this question by allowing users to benchmark their system and compare their results with other users. This talk will discuss the results of this benchmarking exercise. Additionally we’ll provide practical advice about how to move your system up the benchmark rankings through byte compiling and using alternate BLAS libraries.
Meetings are open for all to attend (e.g. no University of Edinburgh card required). For any newcomers (you’re very welcome!), here’s a map of where we’ll be.