[R] Re: Number of R users

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Sep 16 23:43:27 CEST 2003

>>>>> "MM" == Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>
>>>>>     on Tue, 16 Sep 2003 22:45:24 +0200 writes:
			      (too late in the evening !)

    MM> Well, as with practical statistics, at first it's trivial, but
    MM> if you start thinking it becomes quite "interesting"..
    MM> At the moment, 
    MM> o  R-help      has	2005 unique e-mail addresses subscribed
    MM> o  All R-lists have     2659 for "R-*" alone, i.e. w/o bioconductor
    MM> o  ALL R-lists have	3189 unique (all "R-*" lists + "bioconductor"
    MM> combined, then "uniqued") addresses,

As Jeff Gentry has noted (from the size of bioconductor) this
seems pretty (too!) astonishing.
I have checked, and from the 530 bioconductor subscribers, 112
are on R-help as well.  The bug in the above counting: I got the
last number manually -- with a mistake -- where the 2659 comes
from a reliable perl script.
"3189" must be corrected down to "3055".

(as it says "Never trust a statistic, unless ...." :-)
 okay, definitely getting late today..)


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