Surveys continue to rank R #1 for Data Mining

August 3, 2012
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KDnuggets recently posted its annual poll on data mining software, and the R language retains its #1 ranking as the most commonly-used software for data mining:

KDnuggets poll results

R is now used by 52.5% of poll respondents, compared with 45% last year. Donnie Berkholz provides an analysis of the year-on-year trends for Redmonk. He provides the chart below, and notes "the general trend of newer, open-source languages growing at varying speeds (Python followed by R and Hadoop-based options like Hive/Pig), while older languages including Java, SAS, and Matlab are bleeding users".

Language_growth

Meanwhile, the recently-released Rexer Analytics 2011 Data Miner Survey also ranks R #1 amongst data miners overall, and also for corporate, consulting, academic and government use:

Rexer Analytics

Rexer Analytics has conducted their survey since 2007, which provides perspective on the growth of R for data mining over the past five years:

Rexer-growth-RThe complete report of the Rexer Data Mining Survey is available on request from Rexer Analytics.

If you're interested in using R for data mining, check out the Revolution Analytics webinar, Introduction to to R for Data Mining

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