Category Archives: Statistics

R Passes SAS in Scholarly Use (finally)

Way back in 2012 I published a forecast that showed that the use of R for scholarly publications would likely pass the use of SAS in 2015. But I didn’t believe the forecast since I expected the sharp decline in SAS … Continue reading

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Rexer Data Science Survey: Satisfaction Results

by Bob Muenchen I previously reported on the initial results of Rexer Analytics’ 2015 survey of data science tools here. More results are now available, and the comprehensive report should be released soon.  One of the more interesting questions on the survey … Continue reading

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Advanced Analytics Software’s Most Important Feature? Gartner Says it’s VCF

The IT research firm, Gartner, Inc. has released its February 2016 report, Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms. The report’s main graph shows the completeness of each company’s vision plotted against its ability to achieve that vision (Figure 1.) I … Continue reading

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Business Intelligence and Data Science Groups in East Tennessee

The Knoxville area has four groups that help people learn about business intelligence and data science. The Knoxville R Users Group (KRUG) focuses on the free and open source R language. Each meeting begins with a bit of socializing followed … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Stata’s Academic Growth Nearly as Fast as R’s

by Bob Muenchen Analytics tools take significant effort to master, so once learned people tend to stick with them for much of their careers. This makes the tools used in academia of particular interest in the study of future trends … Continue reading

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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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