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Fastest Growing Software for Scholarly Analytics: Python, R, KNIME…

March 30, 2015
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Fastest Growing Software for Scholarly Analytics: Python, R, KNIME…

In my ongoing quest to “analyze the world of analytics”, I’ve added the following section below to The Popularity of Data Analysis Software: It would be useful to have growth trend graphs for each of the analytics packages I track, … Continue reading →

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Google Scholar Finds Far More SPSS Articles; Analytics Forecast Updated

March 26, 2015
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Google Scholar Finds Far More SPSS Articles; Analytics Forecast Updated

Only last August I wrote that among scholars, the use of R had probably exceeded that of SPSS to become their most widely used software for analytics. That forecast was based on Google Scholar searches focused on one year at a … Continue reading →

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It’s Analytics Survey Time!

March 20, 2015
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It’s Analytics Survey Time!

Every other year Rexer Analytics surveys Data Analysts, Predictive Modelers, Data Scientists, Data Miners, and all other types of analytic professionals, students, and academics regarding the software they use.  I then update the main results in The Popularity of Data Analysis … Continue reading →

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Helping Your Organization Migrate to R

March 16, 2015
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Helping Your Organization Migrate to R

by Bob Muenchen As the R programming environment has grown in capability and popularity, so have the number of organizations planning to migrate to it from proprietary tools. I’ve helped members of various organizations transition from SAS, SPSS and/or Stata to R (see Workshop … Continue reading →

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r4stats.com 2014 in review

January 13, 2015
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r4stats.com 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 260,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading →

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SAS is #1…In Plans to Discontinue Use

December 30, 2014
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SAS is #1…In Plans to Discontinue Use

I’ve been tracking The Popularity of Data Analysis Software for many years now, and a clear trend is the decline of the market share of the bigger analytics firms, notably SAS and SPSS. Many people have interpreted my comments as implying … Continue reading →

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Learning R: Live Webinar, Interactive Self-Paced, or Site Visit?

December 15, 2014
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Learning R: Live Webinar, Interactive Self-Paced, or Site Visit?

My recent blog post, Why R is Hard to Learn, must have hit a nerve as it was read by over 6,000 people in its first two days online.  If you’re using R to augment your work in SAS, SPSS … Continue reading →

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Updated: Why R is Hard to Learn

December 10, 2014
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Updated: Why R is Hard to Learn

I’ve updated one of my most widely read blog posts, Why R is Hard to Learn. It focuses on the aspects of R which tend to trip up beginners. The new version is over twice as long as the original … Continue reading →

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Adding the SPSS MEAN.n Function to R

September 3, 2014
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Adding the SPSS MEAN.n Function to R

SPSS contains a very useful set of functions that R lacks. If you’re lucky enough to have access to SPSS, you can use SPSS and R very well together. If not, it’s easy to add these functions to R. The … Continue reading →

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R Workshops Updated to Include the Latest Packages

August 27, 2014
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R Workshops Updated to Include the Latest Packages

Two new R packages are quickly becoming standards in the R community: Hadley Wickham’s dplyr and tidyr. The dplyr package almost completely replaces his popular plyr package for data manipulation. Most importantly for general R use, it makes it much easier … Continue reading →

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