[R] History of R

Roland Rau roland.rproject at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 18:42:09 CET 2008

Hi Kathy,

maybe this article could be also of use for you?
Ihaka, R., and Gentleman, R. (1996)," R: A Language for Data Analysis 
and Graphics," The Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 5, 


Kathy Gerber wrote:
> Earlier today I sent a question to Frank Harrell as an R developer with 
> whom I am most familiar.  He suggested also that I put my questions to 
> the list for additional responses.  Next month I'll be giving a talk on 
> R as an example of high quality open source software.  I think there is 
> much to learn from R as a high quality extensible product that (at least 
> as far as I can tell) has never been "spun" or "hyped" like so many open 
> source fads.
> The question that intrigues me the most is why is R as an open source 
> project is so incredibly successful and other projects, say for example, 
> Octave don't enjoy that level of success?
> I have some ideas of course, but I would really like to know your 
> thoughts when you look at R from such a vantage point.
> Thanks.
> Kathy Gerber
> University of Virginia
> ITC - Research Computing Support
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