[R] In which application areas is R used?

Berton Gunter gunter.berton at gene.com
Tue Jan 24 17:06:47 CET 2006


> 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

So publication is the criterion by which you wish to define things?
Personally, I think it's rather narrow -- perhaps even myopic. More to the
point, it excludes a large portion of the industrial (maybe I should say,
non-academic -- though neither term is quite right) user base, who generally
do not publish (a large part of) their work. While I would consider my use
of R  (economically, certainly) important, by your definition it does not
count. So I suspect that your application list would narrow.

> 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.
Your definition would likely also exclude quite a few industrial
pharmaceutical conferences where R users meet and, **even** occasionally
present (but not publish).


> 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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