Plaudits for R
One from Richard Condit about the use of R
(for Windows) in
One from Woodrow Setzer about the use of R
in a public health project.
A reference to a review in the Journal of Applied
An email summarising replies to a quick survey
on where and how R is being used (12/11/01).
Evidence that R is being used in Japan.
Evidence that R is being used in China.
Some advertisements for commercially-offered courses providing
training for R: introductory course,
fundamentals and programming course,
and comparison to SAS course.
A survey done by a drug company on the use of R.
Microarray analysis software called GeneTraffic
built on R.
to the start of a thread on the R-help mailing list discussing a
of SAS and R -- lots of lovely comments about R's graphics (actually
S-style graphics generally, but some of it rubs off).
from someone researching the
success of Open Source projects.
An email referring to an acknowledgement to R
in the preface of a book.
An email applauding the cross-platform-ness of R.
An email from Richard Rowe explaining why I got the
2001 bottle of scotch whiskey.
An email with a link to a document
(in Spanish) on statistical graphics using R -- seems to have some
interesting examples of using my layout() function.
An email from Kjetil Kjernsmo
including his PhD acknowledgement to the R-core team.
An email mentioning a report that
praises the virtues of Open Source software
(although not R specifically)
for its ability to allow others to reproduce analyses. Significant
because it all relates to the war crimes trial of Slobodan
Milosevic, the former Yugoslav president.
An email from Frank Harrell announcing the
release of Hmisc and acknowledging grid and lattice
A couple of emails praising R's cross-platformness: 1,
from Insightful (sellers of S-Plus) advertising a
course on S-Plus
with explicit reference to R users.
A reasonably representative example of the occasional response we get after a release from
a satisfied "customer" :)
An email that refers to a web site called
the VENTILATION CLIMATE INFORMATION SYSTEM, which produces
plots using R (even though they don't seem to say that on the web site).
Some CRAN download statistics from Fritz (30/5/02).
An announcement about a book on R and S-Plus by
An email discussing R's speed performance
relative to other
An email that points to a US Army
call for proposals to develop a
software application using R.
An email mentioning possible intention to create a SAS
simulator in R.
A web site that
sells printed copies of "An Introduction to R" (proceeds to support
free software development).
An email referring to a comparison between gnuplot
and R graphics (in Czech).
Brian Ripley's `Opening Plenary' lecture for RSS2002 mentions
importance of Open Source and example of where R is being using in Bolivia.
A general thanks from a user who has "just
crested the learning curve" with R.
Nothing to do with me directly, but an excellent and well-deserved
tribute to R's package install design.
A general kudos for R (with particular mention
of "why buy S-Plus?").
A notice that R is now included on a CD of
GNU software for Windows.
An email from a guy (in NZ) who maintains
a GenStat add-on called dataload.
This is for converting many different file formats to GenStat format.
He has "been requested by my users
to add R to this".
An RFC from someone changing from SAS to R/S-Plus.
Favourable comparisons of SAS with R/S-Plus.
Some contributed code for polar plots from Karsten Dalsgaard Bjerre.
Preamble describes problems with SigmaPlot that illustrate potential
constraints imposed by commercial, closed-source software.
in Bio.IT World on Bioconductor with lots of nice things to say
short courses at the
University of Hertfordshire
Business School Statistical Services & Consultancy Unit. Includes
a short course on R.
Mention of interest generated by PL/R (R plug-in
for PostgreSQL. Also, an article on using PL/R to
graphs from PostgreSQL.
Mention of R in Science(!)
Martin Maechler's input to the discussion on
where R is being used.
A piece of biostats software called
Brodgar that links to R.
A summary of some information on where R is used
(based on email domains of subscribers to R-help).
message from the President of the Statistical Society of Canada
announcing Robert Gentleman's invited address; talks about why R is so
useful and talks about the need for greater recognition for
the developers of statistical software.
An article on
SearchEnterpriseLinux.com describing why a user migrated from
Matlab to R (and Octave). And an R user's
comparison of R and Matlab.
An email from a not-atypical discussion of
whether/why to switch from
S-Plus to R, including comments on in what ways the emailer
thinks R will improve faster.
An article from the
NZ Herald (09/06/03).
IBM developerWorks article on R.
LinuxUser article on R. First in a series?? (subsequent ones to
"explore some of the exquisite high-level graphics functions"?).
A project on Design Theory (e.g.,
for experimental design), which is implementing for R.
In September 2003, the IMS became a benefactor of the R Foundation.
An issue of
The Political Methodologist with three articles on the use
of R in Political Science.
An excerpt from Eric Raymond's book on Unix programming
which mentions R.
Frank Harrell's comparison of S and SAS
for analysis of data from clinical trials.
Some positive words about the quantity and quality of
documentation for R. And more of the same.
A mention of R in ComputerWorld.
In January 2004, Merck Research Labs made a significant
financial contribution to the R Foundation.
Evidence of significant user base in Japan
and Brazil (a discussion
Mention of R (Stefano's Mac OS X port) in an O'Reilly
book on "Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks".
Evidence of the strong user base in France:
Enseignements de Statistique and
Staistiques avec R.
A tribe has been started for R
(see Tribe.net). Apparently there's something similar
on Orkut called R-project.
maintained by a "Supporting Institution" of the
R Foundation, Loyalty Matrix.
An email announcing the creation of the
Oregon R User's Group.
An email announcing the release of a major study data set
as an R package.
A standard look-what-our-customers-think-of-us
A link to the first of a three-part
developerworks (IBM developer's resource) column on R.
Mention of R 2.0.0 release in
Linux Weekly News.
Some links to R documentation in french.
Not a plaudit - something that R graphics could do better.
An advantage of S-Plus graphics
The start of a discussion about whether R should or even can have
an effective GUI,
motivated by this article in
Scientific Computing World.
The start of a thread discussing getting R info on
SourceForge. Plenty of
mentions of other software that builds on or works with R.
The start of another R versus SAS thread.
Part of a very large thread on whether R-help should be more
welcoming (less rude); potentially useful statement of support
for the significance of effort put into the
support of R.
A grid-and-lattice tribute from John Maindonald.
slashdot thread on mathematical software; R (and Quantian) get a mention.
Someone who prefers gnuplot to R's graphics (blasphemy!)
The head of an interesting R-help thread on "why should
you trust R?"
"Mention" of R in one of Apple's
"Sys Admin" had an article on
"Using the R System for Systems Administration".
An article on Dirk's
Quantian distro in Linux Magazine (R gets a mention).
Part of a thread just after the release of R 2.1.0, which started
as a typical "thanks for R" from a happy user and developed into
"should universities be teaching R or SAS (or Excel)?". This
particular node in the thread mentions importance of R in
Evidence of R being used in Russia.
Message announcing the
translation into Chinese
(or plans thereto)
of the R manuals.
quotable quote from an R-help message,
which describes R as:
"the most important contribution to data
analysis and statistical practice since Fisher." (!)
A spontaneous testimony from a satisfied user.
(From the BioConductor web site ...)
R and BioConductor are profiled in a
about mathematical software for scientific research.
"Biology by the Numbers",
Jeffrey M. Perkel, The Scientist,
19 (12), 2005.
Advertising for a course
by Trevor Hastie and Rob Tibshirani.
FTA: "All our examples are developed using the S language, and most
of the procedures we discuss are implemented in publically available
A site showing the current status of the various
translations of R messages (a measure of the international
usage of R). At the time this was recorded, major translations included
Russian, Italian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean,
Japanese, French, German, and Brazilian Portguese.
An email announcing an ISO of R live on CD
(also first time I have seen something indicating R usage in Indonesia[?]).
An article on R on O'Reilly's ONLamp.com
which presumably led to the spike in R accesses/downloads noted
by Duncan Murdoch (copies of US CRAN
mirror transfer stats and
CRAN visitors for mid November.) UPDATE: may just
have been a blip at the US mirror in general (some sort of spam attack?)
because the Apache stats show the same blip (and there was no
corresponding increase in
UCLA Technical Report comparing various statistics packages. Has some
unhappy things to say about the steep learning curve for R.
Initiated a long discussion on R-help (see also continuing threads with
subject "A comment about R"). Patrick Burns has composed a
"comment" in response.
Plots of traffic on R-help by
Proposal to set up a network of R consultants
Advertising for a R course in Estonia(!)
A list of
evidence of R use
in "credible" companies, institutions, and
agencies (from a thread on R-help:
"Justifying R to anti open-source management").
Just for my own reference: look for an email from John W Emerson
in dataExpo2006 mail folder for a nice sound-bite on grid.
An update from Martin Maechler on the
number of people signed up for R-help.
A nice summary of the reasons for using R
from Spencer Graves.
Evidence of the use of R in China.
There are now one or
companies offering commercial support for R.
A pointer to the LabSynch
project for "collaborative bench science", which uses R
as a statistical/graphics engine. I particularly like the
comparison of R with SAS and SPSS by Robert (Bob) A Muenchen.
Announcement of a local R mailing list
in South Africa.
Article titled "Successfully Creating and Presenting Graphics" in
SysAdmin (The journal for UNIX and Linux administrators) that
does everything with R graphics.
Excel add-in for Micoranalysis based on R (and some other things).
thread on "Custom Charts w/ Perl and GD"; the discussion contains
a couple of mentions of R.
There is an R-Project page for the
Sun Grid Project.
There is now a weblog aggregator for R called
(a la Planet Apache, Planet GNOME, etc).
Dirk Eddelbuettel's brilliantly reasoned
estimate of the number of users of R.
A reference to a Windows blog that describes how to
Excel numerical errors by using R.
A nice gushy testament
from an R user.
An email from Antony Unwin describing the
University-wide interest in R at Augsburg.
Intel new release announcing their investment in REvolution
(a company providing commercial support and enhancement of R).
Dashboard Insight article on R graphics.
Mention of R on
Freakonomics blog (though it does claim [without basis] that R will not be
as up-to-date on cutting-edge methods!!!)
update: (a few short hours later) a number of people have placed comments
that put the record straight.
Further evidence of the use of R in France.
An article on R from the New York Times
(plus a follow-up in the esteemed
New Zealand Herald!). This all probably happened after Ross Ihaka
was awarded the
Pickering Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
The Debian Linux distribution has awarded
R the same status as
Perl, PHP, and Python.
A number of localized R User Groups
are starting to pop up (another announcement
listing several others [check out the size of some of these!] and
a sub-Saharan Africa R user's forum for
French speakers and another user group in London).
The R wiki and the Revolution blog are maintaining lists of these
There is now an R-help mailing list for
New York Times article with a brief mention of R.
The Ohloh R page, with
an interesting calculation of the project cost at bottom right(!)
A blog post by
Hal Varian (Google Chief Economist)
about an article "Predicting the Present with Google Trends"
that uses R.
R conference for spanish speakers.
2nd Chinese R Conference.
Intelligent Enterprise, R is one of the
"companies to watch" for 2010 (!)
Mention of R in
Bob Muenchen's effort at measuring
The Popularity of
R in a Nutshell gets reviewed on Slashdot.
Ross has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the
NZ Open Source something or other.
Article on R in
Henrik Bengtsson's marking of 3000 packages on
R has made the Top 20 on
TIOBE Programming Community Index for popularity of programming
Description of use of R graphics for a
NYT info graphic.
R graphics used
Facebook IPO, cool designer-look
route map, and Science papers (see first link again).
most popular Programming Language in Bioinformatics ?
R graphics used in fancy data visualisations called
Timeplots (Nathaniel Pearlman)
R used in "famous"
facebook world map.
Expands Support For Open Source R Language
The Big Boys all want to talk to R
As of April 2013, there were 112 R User Groups
scattered all over the world.
CRAN Mirror Monitor provides useful info on the status of
CRAN mirrors (including how many CRAN mirrors there are!)
RStudio are now providing
package download logs
for their CRAN mirror
article that describes R skills as
"rapidly shifting from 'niche' to 'standard' requirements in today's world".
Awarded Top Innovator for Data Visualization from DataWeek.
R "Top Languages for analytics, data mining, data science"
(for third year running),
at least according to
Richie Cotton's blog posts on alternative R engines:
Rexer Analytics survey places R as most popular Data Mining tool.
survey by Dice.com says that "top-earning skill
[for technology professionals] is R".
survey (registration required) of Strata conference attendees has
SQL as by far the most common tool (71%), but R next (43%).
IEEE ranks R as
#9 most popular programming language (!)
TIOBE ranks R as
#12 most popular programming language (!)
Article in Nature about success of R.
Microsoft has bought Revolution Analytics.
The latest info on
R's popularity (as of April 2016).
R moves up to fifth position in the
IEEE Top Ten Programming Languages list (behind only C, Java,
Python, and C++).