[R] History of R

From: Kathy Gerber <kathy_at_virginia.edu>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:53:13 -0500

Earlier today I sent a question to Frank Harrell as an R developer with whom I am most familiar. He suggested also that I put my questions to the list for additional responses. Next month I'll be giving a talk on R as an example of high quality open source software. I think there is much to learn from R as a high quality extensible product that (at least as far as I can tell) has never been "spun" or "hyped" like so many open source fads.

The question that intrigues me the most is why is R as an open source project is so incredibly successful and other projects, say for example, Octave don't enjoy that level of success?

I have some ideas of course, but I would really like to know your thoughts when you look at R from such a vantage point.

Kathy Gerber
University of Virginia
ITC - Research Computing Support

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