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R: Free, Popular, Powerful, Flexible and Supported

Francis Smart offers five excellent reasons to use R, in a well-researched post ideal for sharing with anyone thinking about making the switch to R. (You might also share this YouTube video for a quick 90-second introduction to R.) The post also includes a novel analysis of interest in R, as tracked by Google Trends. Given its single-letter name, comparitive metrics for R can be tricky to come by, but Google Trends lets you focus on interest in R the programming language (and not, say, the R Kelly album), and compare it to SAS the statistical software (not the airline) and other similar products. Google Trends also includes forecasts, and shows that not only does interest in R eclipse all others in Google searches, it's set to continue to grow: (That's a static screenshot -- click to see an updated Google Trends analysis.) Econometrics by Simulation: Why use R? Five reasons

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid

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