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Paradigm(s)  multiparadigm: array, objectoriented, imperative, functional, procedural, reflective 

Appeared in  1993^{[1]} 
Designed by  Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman 
Developer  R Development Core Team 
Stable release  3.0.2 (September 25, 2013  )
Preview release  Through Subversion 
Typing discipline  Dynamic 
Influenced by  S, Scheme, XLispStat 
OS  Crossplatform 
License  GNU General Public License 
Website  www.rproject.org 

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Paradigm(s)  multiparadigm: array, objectoriented, imperative, functional, procedural, reflective 

Appeared in  1993^{[1]} 
Designed by  Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman 
Developer  R Development Core Team 
Stable release  3.0.2 (September 25, 2013  )
Preview release  Through Subversion 
Typing discipline  Dynamic 
Influenced by  S, Scheme, XLispStat 
OS  Crossplatform 
License  GNU General Public License 
Website  www.rproject.org 

R is a free software programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software^{[2]}^{[3]} and data analysis.^{[3]} Polls and surveys of data miners are showing R's popularity has increased substantially in recent years.^{[4]}^{[5]}^{[6]}
R is an implementation of the S programming language combined with lexical scoping semantics inspired by Scheme. S was created by John Chambers while at Bell Labs. R was created by Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman^{[7]} at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is currently developed by the R Development Core Team, of which Chambers is a member. R is named partly after the first names of the first two R authors and partly as a play on the name of S.^{[8]}
R is a GNU project.^{[9]}^{[10]} The source code for the R software environment is written primarily in C, Fortran, and R.^{[11]} R is freely available under the GNU General Public License, and precompiled binary versions are provided for various operating systems. R uses a command line interface; however, several graphical user interfaces are available for use with R.
R provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques, including linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, timeseries analysis, classification, clustering, and others. R is easily extensible through functions and extensions, and the R community is noted for its active contributions in terms of packages. There are some important differences, but much code written for S runs unaltered. Many of R's standard functions are written in R itself, which makes it easy for users to follow the algorithmic choices made. For computationally intensive tasks, C, C++, and Fortran code can be linked and called at run time. Advanced users can write C, C++^{[12]} or Java^{[13]} code to manipulate R objects directly.
R is highly extensible through the use of usersubmitted packages for specific functions or specific areas of study. Due to its S heritage, R has stronger objectoriented programming facilities than most statistical computing languages. Extending R is also eased by its lexical scoping rules.^{[14]}
Another strength of R is static graphics, which can produce publicationquality graphs, including mathematical symbols. Dynamic and interactive graphics are available through additional packages.^{[15]}
R has its own LaTeXlike documentation format, which is used to supply comprehensive documentation, both online in a number of formats and in hard copy.
R is an interpreted language; users typically access it through a commandline interpreter. If a user types "2+2" at the R command prompt and presses enter, the computer replies with "4", as shown below:
> 2+2 [1] 4
Like other similar languages such as APL and MATLAB, R supports matrix arithmetic. R's data structures include scalars, vectors, matrices, data frames (similar to tables in a relational database) and lists.^{[16]} R's extensible objectsystem includes objects for (among others): regression models, timeseries and geospatial coordinates.
R supports procedural programming with functions and, for some functions, objectoriented programming with generic functions. A generic function acts differently depending on the type of arguments passed to it. In other words, the generic function dispatches the function (method) specific to that type of object. For example, R has a generic print() function that can print almost every type of object in R with a simple "print(objectname)" syntax.
Although mostly used by statisticians and other practitioners requiring an environment for statistical computation and software development, R can also operate as a general matrix calculation toolbox – with performance benchmarks comparable to GNU Octave or MATLAB.^{[17]}
This article is missing information about function definition syntax in the R programming language. (August 2013) 
The following examples illustrate the basic syntax of the language and use of the commandline interface.
In R, the widely preferred^{[18]}^{[19]}^{[20]}^{[21]} assignment operator is an arrow made from two characters "<", although "=" can be used instead.^{[22]}
> x < c(1,2,3,4,5,6) # Create ordered collection (vector) > y < x^2 # Square the elements of x > print(y) # print (vector) y [1] 1 4 9 16 25 36 > mean(y) # Calculate average (arithmetic mean) of (vector) y; result is scalar [1] 15.16667 > var(y) # Calculate sample variance [1] 178.9667 > lm_1 < lm(y ~ x) # Fit a linear regression model "y = f(x)" or "y = B0 + (B1 * x)" # store the results as lm_1 > print(lm_1) # Print the model from the (linear model object) lm_1 Call: lm(formula = y ~ x) Coefficients: (Intercept) x 9.333 7.000 > summary(lm_1) # Compute and print statistics for the fit # of the (linear model object) lm_1 Call: lm(formula = y ~ x) Residuals: 1 2 3 4 5 6 3.3333 0.6667 2.6667 2.6667 0.6667 3.3333 Coefficients: Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>t) (Intercept) 9.3333 2.8441 3.282 0.030453 * x 7.0000 0.7303 9.585 0.000662 ***  Signif. codes: 0 ‘***’ 0.001 ‘**’ 0.01 ‘*’ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ’ 1 Residual standard error: 3.055 on 4 degrees of freedom Multiple Rsquared: 0.9583, Adjusted Rsquared: 0.9478 Fstatistic: 91.88 on 1 and 4 DF, pvalue: 0.000662 > par(mfrow=c(2, 2)) # Request 2x2 plot layout > plot(lm_1) # Diagnostic plot of regression model
Short R code calculating Mandelbrot set through the first 20 iterations of equation z = z² + c plotted for different complex constants c. This example demonstrates:
library(caTools) # external package providing write.gif function jet.colors < colorRampPalette(c("#00007F", "blue", "#007FFF", "cyan", "#7FFF7F", "yellow", "#FF7F00", "red", "#7F0000")) m < 1200 # define size C < complex( real=rep(seq(1.8,0.6, length.out=m), each=m ), imag=rep(seq(1.2,1.2, length.out=m), m ) ) C < matrix(C,m,m) # reshape as square matrix of complex numbers Z < 0 # initialize Z to zero X < array(0, c(m,m,20)) # initialize output 3D array for (k in 1:20) { # loop with 20 iterations Z < Z^2+C # the central difference equation X[,,k] < exp(abs(Z)) # capture results } write.gif(X, "Mandelbrot.gif", col=jet.colors, delay=1000)
The ease of function creation by the user is one of the strengths of using R. Objects remain local to the function, which can be returned as any data type.^{[23]} Below is an example of the structure of a function:
functionname < function(arg1, arg2, ... ){ # declare name of function and function arguments statements # declare statements return(object) # declare object data type }
The capabilities of R are extended through usercreated packages, which allow specialized statistical techniques, graphical devices (ggplot2), import/export capabilities, reporting tools (knitr, Sweave), etc. These packages are developed primarily in R, and sometimes in Java, C and Fortran. A core set of packages is included with the installation of R, with 5300 additional packages (as of April 2012^{[update]}) available at the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN), Bioconductor, and other repositories. ^{[6]}
The "Task Views" page (subject list) on the CRAN website lists the wide range of applications (Finance, Genetics, Machine Learning, Medical Imaging, Social Sciences and Spatial Statistics) to which R has been applied and for which packages are available. R has also been identified by the FDA as suitable for interpreting data from clinical research.^{[24]}
Other R package resources include Crantastic, a community site for rating and reviewing all CRAN packages, and also RForge, a central platform for the collaborative development of R packages, Rrelated software, and projects. It hosts many unpublished, beta packages, and development versions of CRAN packages.
The Bioconductor project provides R packages for the analysis of genomic data, such as Affymetrix and cDNA microarray objectoriented datahandling and analysis tools, and has started to provide tools for analysis of data from nextgeneration highthroughput sequencing methods.
Reproducible research and automated report generation can be accomplished with packages that support execution of R code embedded within LaTeX, OpenDocument format and other markups.^{[25]}
The package jit provides JITcompilation, and the package compiler offers a bytecode compiler for R.^{[26]}
The packages snow, multicore, and parallel provide parallelism for R.^{[27]}
The package ff saves memory by storing data on disk.^{[28]} The data structures behave as if they were in RAM. The package ffbase provides basic statistical functions for 'ff'.
The full list of changes is maintained in the NEWS file. Some highlights are listed below.
There is a special issue of the Journal of Statistical Software that discusses GUIs for R.^{[31]}
Text editors and Integrated development environments (IDEs) with some support for R include: Bluefish,^{[32]} Crimson Editor, ConTEXT, Eclipse (StatET),^{[33]} Emacs (Emacs Speaks Statistics), LyX (modules for knitr and Sweave), Vim, Geany, jEdit,^{[34]} Kate,^{[35]} R Productivity Environment (part of Revolution R Enterprise),^{[36]} RStudio,^{[37]} Sublime Text, TextMate, gedit, SciTE, WinEdt (R Package RWinEdt) and Notepad++.^{[38]}
R functionality has been made accessible from several scripting languages such as Python (by the RPy^{[39]} interface package), Perl (by the Statistics::R^{[40]} module), Ruby (with the rsruby^{[41]} rubygem), and F# (with the ^{[42]} F# R Type Provider). PL/R can be used alongside, or instead of, the PL/pgSQL scripting language in the PostgreSQL and Greenplum database management system. Scripting in R itself is possible via littler^{[43]} as well as via Rscript.
"useR!" is the name given to the official annual gathering of R users. The first such event was useR! 2004 in May 2004, Vienna, Austria.^{[44]} After skipping 2005, the useR conference has been held annually, usually alternating between locations in Europe and North America.^{[45]} Subsequent conferences were:
The general consensus is that R compares well with other popular statistical packages, such as SAS, SPSS and Stata.^{[46]} In January 2009, the New York Times ran an article about R gaining acceptance among data analysts and presenting a potential threat for the market share occupied by commercial statistical packages, such as SAS.^{[47]}^{[48]}
In 2007, Revolution Analytics was founded to provide commercial support for Revolution R, its distribution of R, which also includes components developed by the company. Major additional components include: ParallelR, the R Productivity Environment IDE, RevoScaleR (for big data analysis), RevoDeployR, web services framework, and the ability for reading and writing data in the SAS file format.^{[49]}
In October 2011, Oracle announced the Big Data Appliance, which integrates R, Apache Hadoop, Oracle Linux, and a NoSQL database with the Exadata hardware.^{[50]}^{[51]}^{[52]} Oracle R Enterprise^{[53]} is now one of two components of the "Oracle Advanced Analytics Option"^{[54]} (the other component is Oracle Data Mining).
Other major commercial software systems supporting connections to or integration with R include: JMP,^{[55]} Mathematica,^{[56]} MATLAB,^{[57]} Spotfire,^{[58]} SPSS,^{[59]} STATISTICA,^{[60]} Platform Symphony,^{[61]} and SAS.^{[62]}
TIBCO, the current owner of the SPlus language, is allowing some of its employees to actively support R by participation in its RHelp mailing list (mentioned above), and by sponsorship of the useR series of user group meetings. Google is a heavy user of R internally and publishes a style guide.^{[63]} It sponsors R projects in its SummerofCode efforts, and also financially supports the useR series of meetings.
RStudio offers software, education, and services to the R community.
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