According to ACM TechNews
The open source language also has become popular among statisticians, engineers, and scientists without a background in programming because of the language’s ease of use. “R is really important to the point that it’s hard to overvalue it,” says Google research scientist Daryl Pregibon. “It allows statisticians to do very intricate and complicated analyses without knowing the blood and guts of computing systems.” Statisticians find R particularly useful because it contains several built-in mechanisms for organizing data, running calculations on the information, and creating graphical representations of data sets. Some familiar with R describe it as a stronger version of Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet that can help present data trends more clearly than is possible using information in rows and columns.
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