Thursday, February 2, 2012

R graphic used for Facebook IPO

Apparently former Facebook intern, Paul Butler,  graphic of the Facebook social network graph is being used for Facebook's IPO.  The social network graphic is featured on Page 7 of the IPO filing.  His graphic was featured on mashable and R-bloggers not too long ago.  The graphic is of Facebook connections between city centers around the world.  Paul used an ingenious method of color transparency and great circle arcs to display the social network graph.

This is just one of the really cool things you can do with R.  Not only is R used as a visual medium but also to calculate the great circle paths.  This is really neat to see R in such a high profile setting.  If you want to learn more about R you can read an IEORTools post about R links for beginners on World Statistics Day.  Also there are many books that you can buy on R programming at the IEORTools Online Store.

4 comments:

Rahul said...

survive for more than 7-12 years tops.It is a humongous waste of time.Only for people who are narcissists,egoists and showoffs.And there are many,going by the popularity.Social Networking,my left foot,You want to get social,go out and meet people.I wonder how many people on a facebook users account listed as 'Friends' are Real friends?And how can an individual manage 500 - 3000 friends or followers for the matter.

Kenneth said...

@rahul: "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

Anonymous said...

Funnily enough Rahul, I feel much the same as you about comment sections on blogs.

allstate said...

Facebook ipo is making a buzz, great way to know this location