R

By Deane Barker on January 9, 2009

R, the Software, Finds Fans in Data Analysts: This is the first I’ve heard of this — a new-ish programming language designed specifically for data analysis and graphing.

For statisticians […] R is particularly useful because it contains a number of built-in mechanisms for organizing data, running calculations on the information and creating graphical representations of data sets.

Some people familiar with R describe it as a supercharged version of Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet software that can help illuminate data trends more clearly than is possible by entering information into rows and columns.

Domain-specific languages have a good pedigree — Perl started out essentially as a report processing utility.

The Wikipedia page states that R is really just an implementation of S. It’s anyone’s guess if it’s written in C.

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