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Activity Number: 355
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Graphics
Abstract - #306411
Title: The Evolution of R: Growth of the R-Help Mailing List Archives Over Time
Author(s): Richard Kwock*+ and Robert E Weiss
Companies: University of California at Los Angeles and University of California at Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health
Address: , , CA, ,
Keywords: R ; graphics ; text mining ; r-help mailing list

Since its release 15 years ago, the R statistical software has seen a remarkable expansion over the years in its user base. Alongside with the rapid growth, many new and old statistical methods are used to fit the demand and ever-growing statistical industry. To analyze this growing trend in user activity, we look at text emails sent to the R-help mailing list archives from users all around the world. By text mining logs of emails from the list server archives over the span of its lifetime, we will graphically explore aspects of the R software. This research will explore a few areas of the growth of R and its users, including trending statistical techniques/methods, the growth of the R user base globally, as well as the user support community of the R-help server.

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