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A Comparative Review of the Rattle GUI for R
Introduction Rattle is a popular free and open source Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the R software, one that focuses on beginners looking to pointandclick their way through data mining tasks. Such tasks are also referred to as machine learning or predictive analytics. … Continue reading →
A Comparative Review of the BlueSky Statistics GUI for R
Introduction BlueSky Statistics’ desktop version is a free and open source graphical user interface for the R software that focuses on beginners looking to pointandclick their way through analyses. A commercial version is also available which includes technical support and a … Continue reading →
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Using Discussion Forum Activity to Estimate Analytics Software Market Share
I’m finally getting around to overhauling the Discussion Forum Activity section of The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. To save you the trouble of reading all 43 pages, I’m posting just this section below. Discussion Forum Activity Another way to measure … Continue reading →
Rexer Analytics Survey Results
Rexer Analytics has released preliminary results showing the usage of various data science tools. I’ve added the results to my continuouslyupdated article, The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. For your convenience, the new section is repeated below. Surveys of Use One … Continue reading →
Goals for the New R Consortium
by Bob Muenchen The recentlycreated R Consortium consists of companies that are deeply involved in R such as RStudio, Microsoft/Revolution Analytics, Tibco, and others. The Consortium’s goals include advancing R’s worldwide promotion and support, encouraging user adoption, and improving documentation … Continue reading →
Free Webinar: Intro to SparkR
Are you interested in combining the power of R and Spark? An “Intro to SparkR” webinar will take place on July 15, 2015 at 10 am California time. Everyone is welcome to attend. Agenda: – What is SparkR? – Recent … Continue reading →
Estimating Analytics Software Market Share by Counting Books
Below is the latest update to The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. Books The number of books published on each software package or language reflects its relative popularity. Amazon.com offers an advanced search method which works well for all the software except R … Continue reading →
R #1 by Wide Margin in Latest KDnuggets Poll
The results of the latest KDnuggets Poll on software for Analytics, Big Data and Data Mining are out, and R has moved into the #1 position by a wide margin. I’ve updated the Surveys of Use section of The Popularity of Data … Continue reading →
R Now Contains 150 Times as Many Commands as SAS
by Bob Muenchen In my ongoing quest to analyze the world of analytics, I’ve updated the Growth in Capability section of The Popularity of Data Analysis Software. To save you the trouble of foraging through that tome, I’ve pasted it below. … Continue reading →
I’ve Been Replaced by an Analytics Robot
It was only a few years ago when the N.Y. Times declared my job “sexy". My old job title of statistician had sounded dull and stodgy, but then it became filled with exciting jargon: I’m a data scientist doing predictive analytics with … Continue reading →