What is R? A new video on the history, community and applications of R

July 24, 2013

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

We meet a lot of R users on our travels, and something we often hear from them is that while they're doing amazing things with R (incredible data visualizations, statistical analysis, and data science applications), their supervisors or peers may not know that the R language is involved, or that others could benefit from using it. It would be great, they tell us, to have something short and sweet to share that describes what makes R so special. 

So we decided to write a script, hire an animator and a voice-over artist, and create a 90-second video all about the history, community and applications of R for everyone to share. Here it is:


This video is free to share (under a Creative Commons license), and you can even download the source MP4 video file for offline viewing or to remix. We designed it for anyone who's unfamiliar with R but would be interested to know what it is and what it can do. Let us know what you think in the comments, and please share the link www.revolutionanalytics.com/what-is-r to spread the word about R.

Revolution Analytics: What is R?

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