07 January 2009

The math-challenged scientist's best friend

The NY Times has a neat piece about R, an open-source statistical programming language used by scientists worldwide. I've used it quite a bit myself, though I've hardly scratched the surface of its capabilities. The graphics package alone kicks Microsoft's arse. Thanks to its price (free), its ease of use (spectacular), and a thriving developer community, R is apparently gaining ground on the commercial competition, the clunky, overpriced SAS.

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