R is free and open source and many new users can go from nothing to data analysis in less than an hour. New users of
R have often reached their limit with Excel and converting from Excel to
markdown, pdf, docx, tex) makes life in R much more pleasant.
R is often sighted in some very prominent places. R is used by the New York Times, as proved by this podcast interview and these videos Using R at NYT Graphics and OpenVis presentation). In this useR 2016 presentation), we hear about R in the FiveThirtyEight workflow. Google, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Uber, and Twitter all use R. This IEEE Spectrum programming language article places R in the top 5 languages, R places in the top in KDnuggets 2016 Data Science software
R for Specialized Knowledge Areas
R's centralized site r-project.org contains over 30 Task
Views. These task views provide a
thorough summary of how to use for specific subject areas. Some examples are
Access the R community through the official r-project mailing
lists. You can choose to subscribe or
just view the archives.
The Twitter hash tag is #rstats. Some prominent
tweeters in the R community are:
If you are on Google+, the best community is Statistics and
R-focused podcasts have had a really hard time enduring, so we are limited in
our podcast options. Focused on more than just R, NSS
is the best.
StackOverflow uses the r tag for
R related questions. See this
tweet for a chart
plotting response time to R questions answered on StackOverflow.
R is widely used in many domains. The R community is helpful, and with a couple
of DailyDrips you will be up and running quickly.