# Facts About R Packages (1)

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## R Packages growth Curve

Why R is so popular? There are a lot of reasons, such as: easy to learn and convenient to use, active community, open source, etc. Another important reason is the numerous contributed packages. Up to yesterday, there are 4033 R packages on CRAN. How is the growth curve of R packages in the pasted decade? How many packages were contributed to CRAN every month?

The following figure shows the growth curve of R package:

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R is getting more and more popular which can be seen from the number of packages contributed every month:

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The first contributed R package is called leaps: regression subset selection. Uploaded by Thomas Lumley.

Here is the R code for above result. The code generated more information behind the above, which will be used in the next blogs.

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