[R] Google, hard disc drives and R

Ben Bolker bolker at zoo.ufl.edu
Mon Feb 19 13:50:57 CET 2007

Tim Churches <tchur <at> optushome.com.au> writes:

> A recent paper from Google Labs, interesting in many respects, not the
> least the exclusive use of R for data analysis and graphics (alas not
> cited in the approved manner):
> http://labs.google.com/papers/disk_failures.pdf
> Perhaps some of the eminences grises of the R Foundation could prevail
> upon Google to make some the data reported in the paper available for
> inclusion in an R library or two, for pedagogical purposes?
> Tim C

   After skimming the paper, I can't help wondering why
they used barplots with error bars instead of boxplots,
and why they broke the data into discrete age groups?
Given that they had a relatively large data set
(several percent of >100,000 disk drives), they could
have done some cool visualization stuff ...

  Ben Bolker

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