[Presented to the 7th China R Users Conference, Beijing, May 2014.]
Adoption of the R language has grown rapidly in the last few years, and is ranked as the number-one data science language in several surveys. This accelerating R adoption curve has been driven by the Big Data revolution, and the fact that so many data scientists — having learned R at university — are actively unlocking the secrets hidden in these new, vast data troves.
In more than 6 years of writing for the Revolutions blog, I’ve discovered hundreds of applications of R in business, in government, and in the non-profit sector. Sometimes the use of R is obvious, and sometimes it takes a little bit of detective work to learn how R is operating behind the scenes. In this talk, I’ll begin by presenting some recent statistics on the growth of R. Then I’ll recount some of my favourite applications of R, and show how R is behind some amazing innovations in today’s world.