[R] Making a case for using R in Academia

Mitchell Maltenfort mmalten at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 23:43:52 CET 2006

Check http://cran.r-project.org/doc/FAQ/R-FAQ.html#R-and-S and
following links.  R has a 95% overlap with S and S+, and those two are
popular enough that statistics books target them (e.g., Venables and

> I am teaching applied statistics at a small liberal arts college with
> limited resources, and we are currently using SPSS for our courses.
> Mainly the reason for this, as I understand it, is that this is what
> is used "out in the real world", or at least this is our perception
> of it. I have only used R for my own stuff for about six months, and
> my training is not in statistics, so I am not very aware of what it
> can do in other disciplines, especially Sociology and Psychology. I
> would like to make a case to the other departments here for using R
> instead, so I was hoping that there might be some resources out there
> that talk about the extend in which R is being used outside of
> academia, or in general any other resources that talk about R as a
> practical alternative to the other non-free statistical packages.
> Perhaps some statistics, or particular examples of use? Any links
> would be greatly appreciated.
I can answer any question.
"I don't know" is an answer.
"I don't know yet" is a better answer.

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