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Daily updates on the latest technology terms |May 23, 2017

R programming language
The R programming language is an open source scripting language for predictive analytics and data visualization.
The initial version of R was released in 1995 to allow academic statisticians and others with sophisticated programming skills to perform complex data statistical analysis and display the results in any of a multitude of visual graphics. The "R" name is derived from the first letter of the names of its two developers, Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman, who were associated with the University of Auckland at the time.
The R programming language includes functions that support linear modeling, non-linear modeling, classical statistics, classifications, clustering and more. It has remained popular in academic settings due to its robust features and the fact that it is free to download in source code form under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's GNU general public license. It compiles and runs on UNIX platforms and other systems including Linux, Windows and macOS.
The appeal of the R language has gradually spread out of academia into business settings, as many data analysts who trained on R in college prefer to continue using it rather than pick up a new tool with which they are inexperienced. Continued...

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