RStudio the missing link between your brain and statistics

May 18, 2011

(This article was first published on Sustainable Research » Renglish, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

RStudio is a graphical user interface for R. Or as the developers put it.

RStudio™ is a new integrated development environment (IDE) for R. RStudio combines an intuitive user interface with powerful coding tools to help you get the most out of R.


While there have been a few projects (e.g. RCommander, RkWard, JaguaR) RStudio is the first I will probably integrate into my workflow – the mac-gui I work with is already great and has some essential features like syntax-highlighting out of the box, but I will recommend RStudio to anyone considering to start working with R – and anyone else asking me about statistics.

I just want to highlight two features which can change the learning curve for R.

1. Getting data into R. RStudio has a nice import dataset feature that can be used to read text-files. Something that can be really frustrating in the beginning.

2. Navigating the data. By just clicking aI really hope that this will stay a read-only feature, because everything else is simply not the way to go.


  • Umlauts are not yet integrated, but it seems like a matter of time with these guy/is.

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