A great read on the history and current state of R, from Nick Thieme.

August 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the creation of R, this lingua franca of the statistics and data science communities, and here we tell the story of its birth, growth and development. The story begins quite unexpectedly, with a chance meeting between two statistics professors ‐ Ross Ihaka, now retired from the University of Auckland, and Robert Gentleman, vice president of computational biology at 23andMe. As Gentleman explains: There was no real intention to build anything other than a toy to play around with ideas.”

August 4, 2018

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