fredag 10 augusti 2018

R generation - The story of a statistical programming language that became a subcultural phenomenon

Significance - Wiley Online Library:

Beyond the age of 5, very few people would profess to have a favourite letter. But if you have ever been to a statistics or data science conference, you may have seen more than a few grown adults wearing badges or stickers with the phrase “I love R!”.

To these proud badge‐wearers, R is much more than the eighteenth letter of the modern English alphabet. The R they love is a programming language that provides a robust environment for tabulating, analysing and visualising data, one powered by a community of millions of users collaborating in ways large and small to make statistical computing more effective and efficient for all.