[R] In which application areas is R used?
jfox at mcmaster.ca
Tue Jan 24 14:18:09 CET 2006
By this definition, I'm confident that you could add sociology and political
science to your list.
Department of Sociology
Canada L8S 4M4
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> 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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