Durban R Users Group


We are the local R user group for Durban, South Africa. R is an open source programming language for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphical visualization ( R has a very huge user community worldwide, and its user base is growing exponentially. While most commonly used within academia, in fields such as computational biology and applied statistics, it is gaining currency in commercial areas such as quantitative finance and business intelligence.

Our goal is to support and share R experiences and knowledge among its users in the Durban community. We would like to hear how you use and enjoy the R language and statistical programming environment. We would also like to inspire new users to learn R.

You can join the rest of the community on our meetup site on

Meet the Organizer

Andrew Collier, Ph.D

andrew-collierAndrew is the organizer of the Durban R Users Group. He has a PhD in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He worked in Space Science for two decades and was involved in research, teaching and mentoring young scientists. During this time he developed then refined his skills in data analysis, visualisation, reproducible research and scientific computing. He enjoys taking raw data and transforming it into something meaningful and useful.

Next Meeting’s Agenda

We’re kicking off the inaugural meeting of the Durban R Users Group with a live video presentation by Andrie de Vries (Senior Programme Manager, R Community Projects at Microsoft / Revolution Analytics). Andrie will be talking about “Demonstration of using R in the cloud together with Azure Machine Learning”. If you’ve kept up with Microsoft’s recent contributions to R then you’ll know that this is going to be an interesting talk.

We’ll also have Professor Bruce Page (University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Biological and Conservation Sciences) talking about using the T-LoCoH package for tracking space/time data in R. Bruce is an recognised expert on monitoring the movements and changes in home ranges of wild animals.

Andrew Collier will give a talk entitled “From Klueless to Kaggle in 15 Minutes” which will demonstrate how you can rapidly get up to speed on Data Analysis and Predictive Modelling in R.

Get the details and sign up here.

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