John Cook: Why and How People Use R

Download this episode

Download Video

Description

R is a strange, deeply flawed language that nevertheless has an enthusiastic and rapidly growing user base. What about R accounts for its popularity in its niche? What can language designers learn from R's success?

Tag:

R

Day:

3

Embed

Format

Available formats for this video:

Actual format may change based on video formats available and browser capability.

    The Discussion

    • User profile image
      aweeren

      Great talk!

      By popular demand I have some experience teaching R to novices. Being a mathematician with a fair amount of computer science experience, I always found myself rather uncomfortable teaching these R workshops and courses. In particular, students that know how to program in e.g. C++, C# or Java, find themselves totally lost by its peculiarities (or maybe even misconceptions???). 

      John really nails the issues in this talk. Honestly, I was somewhat sceptical seeing a talk on R in the Lang.Next conference, but I totally subscribe to John's point of view here. Statisticians love R, I do not... In particular lack of decent tools is unbearable once you are used to IDEs like Visual Studio 2010. Indeed there is quite some room for designing a suitable and reliable DSL for statistics and the proper tools that go with it! Maybe call it Q#++?

    • User profile image
      Deactivated User

      Comment removed at user's request.

    Comments closed

    Comments have been closed since this content was published more than 30 days ago, but if you'd like to continue the conversation, please create a new thread in our Forums, or Contact Us and let us know.