A growing number of data analysts inside corporations and academia are using a popular, and free, programming language called R, reports the New York Times. It has quickly found a following because statisticians, engineers, and scientists without computer programming skills find it easy to use. "R is really important to the point that it's hard to overvalue it," said Daryl Pregibon, a research scientist at Google, which uses the software widely. "It allows statisticians to do very intricate and complicated analyses without knowing the blood and guts of computing systems." It is also free. R is an open-source program, and...

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