Articles by Bob Muenchen

A Comparative Review of the RKWard GUI for R

May 24, 2018 | Bob Muenchen

Introduction RKWard is a free and open source Graphical User Interface for the R software, one that supports beginners looking to point-and-click their way through analyses, as well as advanced programmers. You can think of it as a blend of … Continue reading →
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Using Excel for Data Entry

March 28, 2018 | Bob Muenchen

This article shows you how to enter data so that you can easily open in statistics packages such as R, SAS, SPSS, or jamovi (code or GUI steps below). Excel has some statistical analysis capabilities, but they often provide incorrect answers. For … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Gartner’s 2018 Take on Data Science Tools

February 26, 2018 | Bob Muenchen

I’ve just updated The Popularity of Data Science Software to reflect my take on Gartner’s 2018 report, Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms. To save you the trouble of digging though all 40+ pages of my report, … Continue reading →
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jamovi for R: Easy but Controversial

February 13, 2018 | Bob Muenchen

jamovi is software that aims to simplify two aspects of using R. It offers a point-and-click graphical user interface (GUI). It also provides functions that combines the capabilities of many others, bringing a more SPSS- or SAS-like method of programming … Continue reading →
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Group-By Modeling in R Made Easy

April 18, 2017 | Bob Muenchen

There are several aspects of the R language that make it hard to learn, and repeating a model for groups in a data set used to be one of them. Here I briefly describe R’s built-in approach, show a much … Continue reading →
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Keeping Up with Your Data Science Options

April 12, 2017 | Bob Muenchen

The field of data science is changing so rapidly that it’s quite hard to keep up with it all. When I first started tracking The Popularity of Data Science Software in 2010, I followed only ten packages, all of them classic … Continue reading →
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The Tidyverse Curse

March 23, 2017 | Bob Muenchen

I’ve just finished a major overhaul to my widely read article, Why R is Hard to Learn. It describes the main complaints I’ve heard from the participants to my workshops, and how those complaints can often be mitigated. Here’s the only … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Gartner’s 2017 Take on Data Science Software

February 23, 2017 | Bob Muenchen

In my ongoing quest to track The Popularity of Data Analysis Software, I’ve finally decided to change the title to use the newer term “data science”. The 2017 version of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Science Platforms was just published, … Continue reading →
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Knoxville, TN: R for Text Analysis Workshop

January 19, 2017 | Bob Muenchen

The Knoxville R Users Group is presenting a workshop on text analysis using R by Bob Muenchen. The workshop is free and open to the public. You can join the group at A description of the workshop follows. R for … Continue reading →
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Rexer Analytics Survey Results

October 13, 2015 | Bob Muenchen

Rexer Analytics has released preliminary results showing the usage of various data science tools. I’ve added the results to my continuously-updated article, The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. For your convenience, the new section is repeated below. Surveys of Use One … Continue reading →
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Goals for the New R Consortium

July 28, 2015 | Bob Muenchen

by Bob Muenchen The recently-created R Consortium consists of companies that are deeply involved in R such as RStudio, Microsoft/Revolution Analytics, Tibco, and others. The Consortium’s goals include advancing R’s worldwide promotion and support, encouraging user adoption, and improving documentation … Continue reading →
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Free Webinar: Intro to SparkR

June 18, 2015 | Bob Muenchen

Are you interested in combining the power of R and Spark?  An “Intro to SparkR” webinar will take place on July 15, 2015 at 10 am California time. Everyone is welcome to attend. Agenda: – What is SparkR? – Recent … Continue reading → [Read more...]
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