BrandPost: Raise Your Hand and Ask: What’s R?
Note: Most people don’t want to be the uncool one to raise their hand and ask a question, but in many cases we really should. These occasional ‘Raise Your Hand and Ask” posts highlight cool “buzzwords” you may have heard. My aim isn’t just to explain what they mean (that you can look up), but also why they matter.
You’ve probably heard of “R,” but have you ever seen “R” code or tried “R” out? If not, here’s a quick read to solve that! At a minimum, you’ll get to see some R code. If you follow along, you’ll have R installed on your system and have run a few R commands.
Wikipedia describes R as a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. I think it’s popular because it combines a “conversational” (interactive) type-and-do-it interface with powerful built-in capabilities to do complex statistics (often in a single line) and complex graphical plotting (likewise).
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