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

From: Hadley Wickham <hadley_at_rice.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 14:49:43 -0500

> I've given thought in the past to the question of estimating the R
> user base, and came to the conclusion that it is impossible to get
> an estimate of the number of users that one could trust (or even
> put anything like a margin of error to).

I find it hard to believe that it should be harder to estimate the number of whales than the number of R users. Sure there's a definitional problem of exactly what an R user is, but there must be some way to come up with some useful estimates. What about snowball sampling with R-help as an initial frame?

Hadley

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Department of Statistics / Rice University
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