Why R? The pros and cons of the R language

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The R programming language is an important tool for development in the numeric analysis and machine learning spaces. With machines becoming more important as data generators, the popularity of the language can only be expected to grow. But R has both pros and cons that developers should know.

With interest in the language growing, as shown on language popularity indexes such as TIobe, PyPL, and Redmonk, R first appeared in the 1990s and has served as an implementation of the S statistical programming language. Notes Roger Peng, an 18-year R programming veteran who teaches R both at the university and on the Coursera online platform, “R is the most popular language used in the field of statistics.”

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