Chapter 5 Why R?

  • Free and open source… democratic
  • Good online-documentation
  • Lively community of users (forums etc.)
  • Pioneering role
  • Visualization capabilities (1, 2 and 3)
  • Intuitiv
  • Cooperates with other programs
  • Wide variety of disciplines
  • Object-oriented programming language
  • Popularity (See popularity statistics on books, blogs, forums)
  • R studio: Scientific work suite optimizing workflow (replication, reproducability etc.)
  • Institutions/people (Gary King, Andrew Gelman etc.)
  • Economic power (Revolution Analytics, 1 2, Rstudio)
  • Some examples of interesting projects…
  • My recent experience at a Computational Social Science Workshop.