Seven quick facts about R

April 2, 2014
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I've been spending the week at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit in Las Vegas, and R has been quite prominent here. Of course, R got namechecked several times on the panel about the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics, and several of the regular talks mentioned R as well. I gave a short presentation on R and Revolution R Enterprise. You can see the slides below, and for Slide 4 I put together 7 facts about the growth of R:

  1. R is the highest paid IT skill (Dice.com survey, January 2014)
  2. R most-used data science language after SQL (O'Reilly survey, January 2014)
  3. R is used by 70% of data miners (Rexer survey, October 2013)
  4. R is #15 of all programming languages (RedMonk language rankings, January 2014)
  5. R growing faster than any other data science language (KDNuggets survey, August 2013)
  6. R is the #1 Google Search for Advanced Analytics software (Google Trends, March 2014)
  7. R has more than 2 million users worldwide (Oracle estimate, February 2012)

For more analysis on the growth of R, see The Popularity of Data Analysis Software by Bob Muenchen, updated in March 2014 with new job trends statistics.

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