# A quick look at BlueSky Statistics

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BlueSky Statistics is a new GUI-driven statistical data analysis tool for Windows. It provides a series of dialogs to import and manipluate data, and to perform statistical analysis and visualization tasks. (Think: more like SPSS than RStudio.) The underlying operations are implemented using R code, which you can inspect and reuse. This video gives you a more detailed introduction:

The basic version is open-source (here's the GitHub project), and you can download for free here. (There is also a paid Commercial Edition that adds technical support, some advanced statistics and machine learning dialogs, and the ability to extend the system with your own dialogs.) After you download and install, you'll also need to provide your own installation of R (Revolution R Open works too), and install the various packages that BlueSky needs to operate. (Packages for R/RRO 3.2.1 are provided with the download, and you can install them from a menu item.)

After you've installed BlueSky (look in your Documents folder for BlueSky.exe), the first step is to import some data using the File menu. In just a couple of minutes I was able to open a comma-separated file (airquality.csv in the Sample Datasets) folder and use the “Scatterplot” icon to create this chart:

I haven't had much of a chance to dive into the capabilities of BlueSky yet, so I'll leave a full review for a later date. If you've tried it yourself, let us know what you think in the comments.

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