Why anybody should learn/use R …

I had a discussion the other day on the re-appearing topic why one should learn R …
I took the list below from the R-Bloggers which argues why grad students should learn R:

  • R is free, and lets grad students escape the burdens of commercial license costs.
  • R has really good online documentation; and the community is unparalleled.  
  • The command-line interface is perfect for learning by doing. 
  • R is on the cutting edge, and expanding rapidly.
  • The R programming language is intuitive.  
  • R creates stunning visuals. 
  • R and LaTeX work together — seamlessly. 
  • R is used by practitioners in a plethora of academic disciplines. 
  • R makes you think.  
  • There’s always more than one way to accomplish something.

This is a great list – I would add that from the perspective of an university it makes sense to save a lot of money in not having to buy licenses. And reproducability is great with R because the code is always written in a text-file and not bound by software versions (as in other three or four letter (feel free to combine from: [A, P, S]) packages).

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Michael Schulte-Mecklenbeck
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I study human decision making, process tracing methods, food choice and traffic behavior.