R: Free, Popular, Powerful, Flexible and Supported

March 31, 2014

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

Francis Smart offers five excellent reasons to use R, in a well-researched post ideal for sharing with anyone thinking about making the switch to R. (You might also share this YouTube video for a quick 90-second introduction to R.)

The post also includes a novel analysis of interest in R, as tracked by Google Trends. Given its single-letter name, comparitive metrics for R can be tricky to come by, but Google Trends lets you focus on interest in R the programming language (and not, say, the R Kelly album), and compare it to SAS the statistical software (not the airline) and other similar products. Google Trends also includes forecasts, and shows that not only does interest in R eclipse all others in Google searches, it's set to continue to grow:

Google Trends

(That's a static screenshot — click to see an updated Google Trends analysis.)

Econometrics by Simulation: Why use R? Five reasons

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