Re: [R] R usage survey

From: Harsh <>
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:42:59 +0530

Hi Rex and useRs,

The purpose of the survey has been mentioned on the survey link but I will also reproduce it here.

- Geographical distribution of R users
- Application areas where R is being used
- Supporting technology being used along with R
- Academic background distribution of R users

The potential personally identifiable information such as name and employer name are optional fields. Actually all the fields in the survey are optional.

Some of the analysis output(s) could be along the lines of :-

- Usage statistics of various R packages
- Distribution of R users across countries/cities
- Mapping various applications to packages
- Text Mining of the responses to create informative word clouds

Personally, I am excited about the kind of data I will receive through this survey and the various insights that could be derived. As already mentioned, the results will be shared with the community.

Thank you Rex for raising an important point. It is indeed necessary for me to personally assure the user community that the results will be shared in a manner that will not contain any personally identifiable information.

Those who wish to gain access to the raw data will be provided with all the fields but not the name and employer name fields.

Just out of curiosity : It is possible to get name, employer name, location, usage information and academic background details when searching for R users on LinkedIn and the many R related groups there. Does this also provide potential opportunities for misuse and "outrageous" analyses, since almost anyone can get onto LinkedIn and access user profiles ?

Thank you for your interest and support. Regards,

On Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 8:02 PM, <> wrote:

> Harsh, "Suitably analyzed" for whose purposes? One man's "suitable" is
> another's "outrageous". That's why people want to see the gowns at the
> Oscars. Under what auspices are you conducting this survey? What do you
> intend to do with it? You don't give any assurance that the results you
> post won't have personally identifiable information. I don't get the
> impression that you know much about survey design.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> On Behalf Of Harsh
> Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 5:53 AM
> To:
> Subject: [R] R usage survey
> Hi R users,
> I request members of the R community to consider filling a short survey
> regarding the use of R.
> The survey can be found at
> Please accept my apologies for posting here for a non-technical reason.
> The data collected will be suitably analyzed and I'll post a link to the
> results in the coming weeks.
> Thank you all for your interest and for sharing your R usage information.
> Regards,
> Harsh Singhal
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