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R programming language

The R programming language, sometimes described as "GNU S", is a mathematical language and environment used for statistical analysis and display.

It is based upon S which was developed by John Chambers of Bell Laboratories and described in the paper "Evolution of the S Language" [1] . R is considered by its developers to be an implementation of S, with semantics derived from Scheme. The commercial implementation of S is S-PLUS [2] .

R is freely available under the GNU GPL and is available for Windows, Macintosh, and many Unix operating systems.

Comparison with other programs

Although R is mostly used by statisticans, and other people in need of statistics, it can also be used as a general matrix calculation toolbox such as MATLAB.

References and External links

  • The R Project for Statistical Computing
  • The CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) Project
  • Web-based interface to R
  • The R Reference Manual - Base Package by the R Development Core Team. ISBN 0-9546120-0-0 (vol. 1), ISBN 0-9546120-1-9 (vol. 2)
  • The R Wiki