Re: [Rd] R Usage Statistics

From: Charles C. Berry <cberry_at_tajo.ucsd.edu>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:09:42 -0800

On Thu, 19 Nov 2009, Kevin R. Coombes wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I got the following comment from the reviewer of a paper (describing an
> algorithm implemented in R) that I submitted to BMC Bioinformatics:
>
> "Finally, which useful for exploratory work and some proto
typing, neither R
> nor S-Plus are appropriate environments for deploying user applications that
> would receive much use."

The reviewer needs to get out more...

"Intel Capital has placed the number of R users at 1 million, and Revolution kicks the estimate all the way up to 2 million."

from the New York Times Business Innovation Technology Blog

         http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/r-you-ready-for-r/

which follows up on this article

         http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/technology/business-computing/07program.html

in their printed paper. Did the reviewer notice where that article said:

"Companies as diverse as Google, Pfizer, Merck, Bank of America, the InterContinental Hotels Group and Shell use it."

???

<sarcasm>
Yeah, Google and those other companies just don't have much ken for muscular computing. ;-)
</sarcasm>

<more sarcasm>
Maybe you should retool in Visual Basic. </more sarcasm>

HTH, Chuck

>
> I can certainly respond by pointing out that CRAN contains more than 2000
> packages and Bioconductor contains more than 350. However, does anyone have
> statistics on how often R (and possibly some R packages) are downloaded, or
> on how many people actually use R?
>
> Thanks,
> Kevin
>
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