Here’s an article that was printed earlier this month in the Times about ‘R.’ If you’re not familiar with this software package, it is a free, open source statistical software package based on the ‘S’ programming language (these programmers are anything but verbose). I think the article below does a better job of explaining it than I do.
I’ve been toying around with R for some time now (it’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux) but haven’t really dedicated much time to actually learning the language required to run this. Has anyone in the department ever used R for any papers in the past? Or in the future? If so, can I borrow your time machine?