Monthly Archives: August 2015

Recommended: R #6 in IEEE 2015 Top Programming Languages, Rising 3 Places

This Revolutions blog talks about a fairly rigorous evaluation of popular programming languages done by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (known by most people by its acronym, IEEE). The list shows all programming languages, including general purpose programming languages. Java C, and C++ are at the top of the list, but R, a language pretty much dedicated to data analysis, is number 6 on the list (up three places from the previous year. Quite an impressive showing. I have mentioned another webpage,, that compares R and other statistical software packages, and that is worth reading as well. Continue reading

PMean: My H-index

It’s a silly number, perhaps, but I tried to calculate my H-index today. The H-index lists your publications in order from the most cited to the least cited and then finds the value where rank order equals the number of citations. My h-index is 24 which means that I have 24 papers that have been cited 24 or more times. Confused? Here’s a better explanation from Wikipedia. Anyway, I used Research Gate to get an approximation to this (I’m not sure if Research Gate has an accurate citation count). Continue reading

PMean: I want to learn (learn more) about R

I get a lot of questions along the lines of “I want to learn R, can you help me?” or “Where can I learn more about R?” or some other variation. These questions are usually from people who are total beginners or who have just started with R. I don’t have a good answer for them, because learning anything new is hard. But let me try here to outline a few things you can do. Some of these, I have no personal experience with, but have heard recommendations. Continue reading