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Video: How John Deere uses R

Farming equipment manufacturer John Deere uses R, and in yesterday's webinar their manager of forecast analytics, Derek Hoffman, explained what they use it for:   In the presentation, Derek gave a spirited argument of why R is critical for John Deere's operations: from forecasting demand for equipment, to forecasting crop yields (they produce forecasts for more than half the world's food supply), and even optimizing the build order on the production line that produces the tractors. Derek, the longest-serving statistician at John Deere, showed how R is used for time series modeling and geospatial analysis in a reliable — and above all, reproducibe — way, and how the results are integrated with Excel and SAP. He'll wrap up with some thoughts on the "Big Data" hype cycle, and the impact that professional statisticians will have in the future. You can download a video of the replay and the slides at the link below. Revolution Analytics webinars: Order Fulfillment Forecasting at John Deere: How R Facilitates Creativity and Flexibility

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid

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