R is reported as being used by about half of all data miners in the 2011 Data Miners Survey

July 27, 2012

(This article was first published on blog.RDataMining.com, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

by Yanchang Zhao, RDataMining.com

R is reported as now being used by close to half of all data miners (47%) in the 2011 Data Miners Survey by Rexer Analytics.

Below is picked up from the survey highlights regarding data mining tools.

“TOOLS:  R continued its rise this year and is now being used by close to half
of all data miners (47%).  R users report preferring it for being free, open
source, and having a wide variety of algorithms.  Many people also cited R’s
flexibility and the strength of the user community.  In the 2011 survey we
asked R users to tell us more about their use of R.  Read the R user
comments about why these use R (pros), the cons of using R, why they select
their R interface, and how they use R in conjuction with other tools.
STATISTICA is selected as the primary data mining tool by the most data
miners (17%).  Data miners report using an average of 4 software tools
overall.  STATISTICA, KNIME, Rapid Miner and Salford Systems received the
strongest satisfaction ratings in 2011.”

See the survey highlights at http://www.rexeranalytics.com/Data-Miner-Survey-Results-2011.html.

Some insights from R users can be found at http://www.rexeranalytics.com/DMSurvey2011_R-Comments.html.

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