Founded by Josh Reich and Drew Conway, the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup started as the New York R Meetup with a handful of people in an office at Union Square Ventures. Since then it has grown to over 11,000 members and has been hosted at NYU, Columbia, AOL, iHeartRadio, eBay, Work-Bench and other locations.

Our mission is to spread knowledge of statistical programming techniques in open-source languages such as R, Python, Julia and Go, and data science in general. Another important aspect is community building and socializing. The meetups start with pizza, followed by a 45-90 minute talk, ending with a trip to the local bar.


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Upcoming Meetup

Your Laptop is More Capable than you Think: Large Data with {disk.frame}

January 20, 2022 07:00:00 PM

Another in a series of talks about using R with data too big for RAM, we have ZJ Dai discussing {disk.frame}.

Thank you to EcoHealth Alliance for providing the Zoom link.

Conversations during the meetup are encouraged in the monthly-meetup-chat channel in the nyhackr slack:

About the Talk:
Every R user has run into the "cannot allocate vector of size xxxB." error at some point. For most applications, R needs to load the data in its entirety into RAM. However, RAM is a precious resource and often runs out.

The {disk.frame} package solves this issue by providing a framework to manipulate data on disk and minimize RAM usage. By using {disk.frame}, the user can perform analysis on much larger data than is ordinarily possible with R. A modern laptop with {disk.frame} can handle 100GB's of data.

About ZJ:
ZJ is a data scientist with over fourteen years of experience in the banking and tech start-up space. He is the lead developer of {disk.frame}.

The talk will begin at 7 PM America/New_York and we will start admitting people to the event shortly before. Since this is completely remote there will be no pizza but everyone is encouraged to have pizza individually.


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