[R] In which application areas is R used?

Spencer Graves spencer.graves at pdf.com
Tue Jan 24 04:55:19 CET 2006

	  Might it be reasonable to connect this with the recent thread on a 
possible "R Wiki"?  (See, e.g., "www.sciviews.org/_rgui/wiki/doku.php".) 
  Am I correct that anyone can add an entry to a Wikipedia?  If yes, we 
just need to invite people with manuscripts and publications using R to 
post an entry.

	  What do you think?
	  spencer graves

John Maindonald wrote:

> In this context "extensive" might be use of R in at least maybe 2% or 5%
> of the published analyses in the area, enough to make waves and stir
> awareness.
> The immediate subtext is the demand of a book publisher for a list of
> journals to which a new edition of a certain book might be sent for
> review, and for a list of conferences where it might be given exposure.
> For myself, in the medium to longer term, I am more interested in other
> subtexts such as you mention, to which the answer might have relevance.
> I've wondered what support there'd be for starting a database of
> bibliographic information on papers where R was used for the analysis.
> Authors might supply the information, or readers of a paper suggest its
> addition to the database. Once well populated, this would provide a useful
> indication of the range of application areas and journals where R is
> finding use.  [Or has someone, somewhere, already started such a
> database?]
> Finance and biostatistics are obvious areas that I'd omitted.  Other areas
> drawn to my attention have been telephony and electronic networks, solid
> state etc manufacturing, computer system performance, oceanography and
> fisheries research, risk analysis, process engineering and marketing. (I
> hope my summaries are acceptably accurate).  I'm not sure what force these
> other respondents have given the word "extensive".
> John Maindonald
> Mathematical Sciences Institute
> Australian National University.
> john.maindonald at anu.edu.au
> Berton Gunter wrote:
>>Define "extensive."
>>I think your answers depend on your definition. I know a bunch of folks
> in pharmaceutical preclinical R&D who use R for all sorts of stuff 
> (analysis and visualization of tox and efficacy animal studies,
> dose/response modeling, PK work, IC50 determination, stability data 
> analysis, etc.). Is "bunch" a majority? I strongly doubt that it's near.
> Is it 5%, 10%, 30% ?? Dunno. Excel is still the Big Boy in most of  these
> arenas I would bet. But I would also bet that there are at  least 1 or 2
> folks in dozens of companies who use R in for these things.
>>Is there a subtext to your query? -- i.e. are you trying to make an
> argument for something?
>>-- Bert
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