The R programming language is a powerful and free statistical software tool that analysts use frequently.

The R programming language is open source software where the R community develops and maintains it, while users can download it for free.

Being open source provides many advantages, including the following:

- New statistical methods are quickly available because the R community is vast and active.
- The source code for each function is freely available and everybody can review it.
- Using the R programming language is free! That’s a significant advantage to relatively expensive statistical tools, such as SAS, STATA, and SPSS.

In this article, I give you a brief introduction to the strengths of the R programming language by applying basic statistical concepts to a real dataset using R functions. [Read more…] about Introduction to Statistics Using the R Programming Language