This book is ideal for those who are already exposed to R, but have t yet used it extensively for data analytics and are seeking to get up and running quickly for analytics tasks. This book will help people who aspire to enhance their skills in any of the following ways: * perform advanced analyses and create informative and professional charts * become proficient in acquiring data from many sources * apply supervised and unsupervised data mining techniques * use R's features to present analyses professionally
Viswa Viswanathan is an associate professor of Computing and Decision Sciences at the Stillman School of Business in Seton Hall University. After completing his PhD in artificial intelligence, Viswa spent a decade in academia and then switched to a leadership position in the software industry for a decade. During this period, he worked for Infosys, Igate, and Starbase. He embraced academia once again in 2001. Viswa has taught extensively in fields ranging from operations research, computer science, software engineering, management information systems, and enterprise systems. In addition to teaching at the university, Viswa has conducted training programs for industry professionals. He has written several peer-reviewed research publications in journals such as Operations Research, IEEE Software, Computers and Industrial Engineering, and International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. He has authored a book titled Data Analytics with R: A hands-on approach. Viswa thoroughly enjoys hands-on software development, and has single-handedly conceived, architected, developed, and deployed several web-based applications. Apart from his deep interest in technical fields such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, computer science, and software engineering, Viswa harbors a deep interest in education, with special emphasis on the roots of learning and methods to foster deeper learning. He has done research in this area and hopes to pursue the subject further. Viswa would like to express deep gratitude to professors Amitava Bagchi and Anup Sen, who were inspirational forces during his early research career. He is also grateful to several extremely intelligent colleagues, notable among them being Rajesh Venkatesh, Dan Richner, and Sriram Bala, who significantly shaped his thinking. His aunt, Analdavalli; his sister, Sankari; and his wife, Shanthi, taught him much about hard work, and even the little he has absorbed has helped him immensely. His sons, Nitin and Siddarth, have helped with numerous insightful comments on various topics. Shanthi Viswanathan is an experienced technologist who has delivered technology management and enterprise architecture consulting to many enterprise customers. She has worked for Infosys Technologies, Oracle Corporation, and Accenture. As a consultant, Shanthi has helped several large organizations, such as Canon, Cisco, Celgene, Amway, Time Warner Cable, and GE among others, in areas such as data architecture and analytics, master data management, service-oriented architecture, business process management, and modeling. When she is not in front of her Mac, Shanthi spends time hiking in the suburbs of NY/NJ, working in the garden, and teaching yoga. Shanthi would like to thank her husband, Viswa, for all the great discussions on numerous topics during their hikes together and for exposing her to R and Java. She would also like to thank her sons, Nitin and Siddarth, for getting her into the data analytics world.