Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Data & Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Executive Editor, Data & Analytics at IDG, where she works on analyzing data (both for IDG Enterprise Web sites and journalism projects) and in-house editor tools in addition to writing and editing. Her tech interests include data visualization and analysis as well as the intersection of journalism and technology. She holds an Extra class amateur radio license and is currently somewhat obsessed with R.

RStudio makes another high-profile hire

RStudio makes another high-profile hire

After Jenny Bryan and Max Kuhn joined the company last fall, Hadley Wickham told me he didn't plan to add to his team "in the near future." It looks like the near future has passed.

10 fun tech ads through the years

10 fun tech ads through the years

80 Mbytes of storage for less than $12,000! boasts one ad. In another, a woman in hot pants touts a modem that's "maybe even sexy." These were too much fun not to share.

Quick hands-on: Tableau adds shapefile, KML & GeoJSON imports for custom maps

Quick hands-on: Tableau adds shapefile, KML & GeoJSON imports for custom maps

You can now use your own geospatial files to create custom choropleth maps in Tableau.

Esri to kick off GIS DevSummit with live stream, new resources

Esri to kick off GIS DevSummit with live stream, new resources

The conference is aimed at developers who want to do robust geographical analysis and add geospatial capabilities to their apps.

Mapping in R just got a whole lot easier

Mapping in R just got a whole lot easier

Thanks to the R simple features project and packages like tmaps that support it, choropleth maps are now a breeze to create with R. I'll walk you through mapping median U.S. wages for IT managers. And don't miss the last step: A tiny...

Facebook releases 'Prophet' -- its free forecasting tools -- for Python and R

Facebook releases 'Prophet' -- its free forecasting tools -- for Python and R

Prophet is aimed specifically at business problems such as computer infrastructure capacity planning.

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

Make your own API and connect it to a Slack custom slash command -- all in R. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to find a current stock price, but the basic framework can be used for all sorts of data.

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

The companies most hurt by the random H-1B distribution system are those that submit only a few applications. Many are smaller firms.

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

The U.S. technology industry warned President Donald Trump that his immigration order will hurt the U.S. economy by making it more difficult for businesses to attract overseas workers.

How to really customize your Alexa Flash Briefing

How to really customize your Alexa Flash Briefing

Is your favorite news source not yet available for an Alexa Flash Briefing? We show you how to add your own. (Hint: The toughest part is finding an RSS feed in the proper format.)

Best tips & takeaways from RStudio Conference

Best tips & takeaways from RStudio Conference

I'll be sharing the most interesting things I hear, see and learn at this week's big R event.

Computerworld news now available via Alexa Flash Briefing

Computerworld news now available via Alexa Flash Briefing

If you have an Alexa-enabled device, you can now add Computerworld news to your regular Alexa Flash Briefing.

RStudio's new enterprise platform moves out of beta

RStudio's new enterprise platform moves out of beta

On the eve of its annual user conference, RStudio announced that its RStudio Connect publishing platform is out of beta and available for a free 45-day evaluation.

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

The Web app has much more power, but the mobile version can be useful for analyzing tweets, for instance.

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft made another R-in-the-enterprise push today, announcing Microsoft R Server 9.0 with a goal of helping companies "operationalize" data science.

What's up with RStudio's 2 high-profile hires?

What's up with RStudio's 2 high-profile hires?

I talk to Chief Scientist and R 'tidyverse' guru Hadley Wickham to find out.

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Analytics firm Sisense has brought its BI platform to chat bots, allowing customers to ask natural-language questions about their data while in Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger or Telegram.

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

Want to look at salary trends? Check a stock's price history? Look at the performance of your favorite sports team? Here's how to easily pull publicly available data into R.

Election night: Whoa, was I was wrong

Election night: Whoa, was I was wrong

Data seemed so clearly pointing to one result in last night's presidential election. But it wasn't.

Tableau to launch visual data-prep software

Tableau to launch visual data-prep software

Tableau is moving into the data-wrangling business, announcing plans for visual data-preparation software code-named Project Maestro.

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