R / Shiny Poll Results

December 28, 2015

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

A few days ago I posted a poll directed towards R (and Shiny Users).  Thank you to all who participated for your time and thoughtful responses.  A RMarkdown Report (Code on Github) highlights the results to the easy-to-summarize questions.  A few interesting insights:

  • 78% of R users use Windows.  The largest group of Windows users uses Windows alone, followed by Windows and Linux, Windows and Mac, and all three platforms.
  • Shiny’s appeal is evident among those polled as 1/3 report no experience with web technologies.  There is a tech heavy presence however since the remaining 2/3 are conversant with web technologies – almost 20% of those polled could be described as “full-stack developers”.  
  • Most of the response to the poll occurred over about 3 days… though responses continued to be taken for several more days.

There are a ton of fascinating insights in the free-form responses.  The R community remains a diverse, difficult to categorize group of individuals that share a common appreciation for R.  Shiny has generated a lot of excitement.  New developments for the platform largely seem to line up with the interests of the community who want to see easier development, more interactivity and additional options for deployment.

I had hoped to do additional analysis (and still might) but figured folks would be interested in the results.  I’d be interested to see what other insights folks might derive from the Raw Data in the Google Spreadsheet.

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