Re: [R] Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...

From: Hadley Wickham <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 12:44:07 -0500

> I agree with all your points. What I have so far is nowhere near the big
> picture, but it's a start. When you install some software it asks if you
> mind it reporting usage stats back to its home site. I know that sort of
> thing has been discussed before on R-help. I'd love to see that added so
> we would have a better estimate of R's user base.

I wonder if there are any capture-recapture type methodologies for estimating open-source software usage? Another idea would be to combine with some other known numbers, e.g. book sales, conference attendance etc. You'd need personal information to link the data sets together.


PS. It would be also interesting to see the contributions of the R-SIG mailing lists and other specialised R related mailing lists. My feeling is that there is not a lot of overlap between the members of the ggplot2 mailing list and R-help.

Assistant Professor / Dobelman Family Junior Chair
Department of Statistics / Rice University

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