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R in the news: Interviews with Revolution Analytics execs

Here are three recent news articles that feature interviews with members of the Revolution Analytics team talking about the importance of the R language:

  • In Forbes, CEO Dave Rich talks to Gil Press about the business landscape for Big Data. In the article, Dave says:

    SAS and SPSS remind me of Cobol and Fortran circa 1995. The scientific and academic institutions are relying on R and over time, this will be like the switch from Cobol to Java. The kids today are learning R and it will have the run for the next forty years that SAS and SPSS had for the last forty.

  • Sramana Mitra's Thought Leaders in Big Data series features an in-depth interview with Dave and Chief Strategy Officer Michele Chambers. Michele says:
    There is a new generation of tools, methodologies, and resources that are being trained at universities today. That is all being done around [the programming language] R.
  • I also recently talked to InformationWeek about the Big Data Disconnect: how some organizations are stuggling to make sense of their data stores, and how the R language is a key part of the solution: 
  • R has two primary advantages, according to Smith. "It's designed to work with data and build models with data," he said. "[Programmers] can go from a concept to a working model in a fraction of the time it takes with legacy systems." The second advantage is R's open source design. "You've got an entire community of statisticians and data scientists [who] are really pushing the envelope on data access, data platforms like Hadoop, data analysis techniques and also data visualization, which is an increasingly important part of the story." 

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid