Re: [R] History of R

From: Paul Gilbert <>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:48:22 -0500


The dedication of the developers and several other important things have already been mentioned. Here are a few points I have not seen.

Paul Gilbert

Kathy Gerber wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks.
> Kathy Gerber
> University of Virginia
> ITC - Research Computing Support
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