R is an open source programming language designed for statistical computing. It is freely available from The Comprehensive R Archive Network. RStudio is a free Integrated Development Environment that provides a more graphical interface for writing R programs. RStudio includes R. If you choose to use RStudio or the course you are taking requires it, then you do not need to separately download R itself.

  • Where Available: PhD Server, Student Computer, RPC
  • Source: http://cran.us.r-project.org
  • Cost: Free
  • Course: MS Business Analytics courses
  • Platform: Windows, Mac
  • Online Training: An interactive tutorial on basic to advanced R features is available within R itself. It is called Statistics With Interactive R Learning (SWIRL). More information about installing and using this feature can be found at http://swirlstats.com/students.html
  • Installation Help: Information about installing and using R can be found at http://cran.rstudio.com/manuals.html



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RStudio can be downloaded from www.rstudio.com