[R] In which application areas is R used?

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Tue Jan 24 14:18:09 CET 2006

Dear John,

By this definition, I'm confident that you could add sociology and political
science to your list.


John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of John Maindonald
> Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 9:24 PM
> To: Berton Gunter
> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [R] In which application areas is R used?
> 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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