[R] R usage survey
Bill.Venables at csiro.au
Bill.Venables at csiro.au
Fri Mar 4 03:11:11 CET 2011
No. That's not answering the question. ALL surveys are for collecting information.
The substantive issue is what purpose do you have in seeking this information in the first place and what are you going to do with it when you get it?
Do you have some commercial purpose in mind? If so, what is it?
From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Harsh
Sent: Friday, 4 March 2011 1:13 AM
To: rex.dwyer at syngenta.com
Cc: r-help at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [R] R usage survey
Hi Rex and useRs,
The purpose of the survey has been mentioned on the survey link goo.gl/jw1ig
but I will also reproduce it here.
- Geographical distribution of R users
- Application areas where R is being used
- Supporting technology being used along with R
- Academic background distribution of R users
The potential personally identifiable information such as name and employer
name are optional fields. Actually all the fields in the survey are
Some of the analysis output(s) could be along the lines of :-
- Usage statistics of various R packages
- Distribution of R users across countries/cities
- Mapping various applications to packages
- Text Mining of the responses to create informative word clouds
Personally, I am excited about the kind of data I will receive through this
survey and the various insights that could be derived. As already mentioned,
the results will be shared with the community.
Thank you Rex for raising an important point. It is indeed necessary for me
to personally assure the user community that the results will be shared in a
manner that will not contain any personally identifiable information.
Those who wish to gain access to the raw data will be provided with all the
fields but not the name and employer name fields.
Just out of curiosity : It is possible to get name, employer name, location,
usage information and academic background details when searching for R users
on LinkedIn and the many R related groups there.
Does this also provide potential opportunities for misuse and "outrageous"
analyses, since almost anyone can get onto LinkedIn and access user profiles
Thank you for your interest and support.
On Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 8:02 PM, <rex.dwyer at syngenta.com> wrote:
> Harsh, "Suitably analyzed" for whose purposes? One man's "suitable" is
> another's "outrageous". That's why people want to see the gowns at the
> Oscars. Under what auspices are you conducting this survey? What do you
> intend to do with it? You don't give any assurance that the results you
> post won't have personally identifiable information. I don't get the
> impression that you know much about survey design.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org]
> On Behalf Of Harsh
> Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 5:53 AM
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: [R] R usage survey
> Hi R users,
> I request members of the R community to consider filling a short survey
> regarding the use of R.
> The survey can be found at http://goo.gl/jw1ig
> Please accept my apologies for posting here for a non-technical reason.
> The data collected will be suitably analyzed and I'll post a link to the
> results in the coming weeks.
> Thank you all for your interest and for sharing your R usage information.
> Harsh Singhal
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