[R] # of users of R

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Wed Jun 21 14:52:10 CEST 2000

Just another random datapoint: Debian has a little known package called
popularity-contest. When this optional package is present, and if the survey
participation is enabled, a list of installed packages is emailed out. [1] 
The aggregated results are on http://www.debian.org/~apenwarr/popcon/

As of last night, it reported 735 participating hosts. Of these, 35 used R.
(Select the 'math' section to fin the r-base package.)

With a few brave assumptions, [2] we get a guestimate of 107,000 R users on
Linux alone. [3] 


[1] This is as anonymous as it can be given the constraints. A random md5sum
hash is used to distinguish between the participating hosts and mail-headers
are dropped as soon as possible. 

[2] Let's assume that the ratio estimate is not biased and that Debian has
15% of the Linux installations which itself now stand at 15 million users.

[3] Mind the ~/.signature taken from fortune(1). I did say brave assumptions.

According to the latest figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.
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