R User Group Rhein-Neckar Message Board › Position of R in Analytics: Survey results etc.
I just cancelled the proposed discussion on the future of R.
For those interested in this topic: here are some links:
It includes interest in programming languages on GitHub and StackOverflow. There is a nice plot with the languages in it, and R has now rank #15 (of around 100). Right next to Matlab, and well within the range of common shell scripting languages.
These are survey results from a conference (so the results are somewhat biased). In addition to salary information, it shows that R is rated second as data management and analysis tool, followed by Python, Excel and Hadoop. Further analysis clearly shows two clusters of tools: a smaller cluster of "proprietary" tools around Excel (Windows, MS SQL Server, SAS etc.) and a larger cluster of (mostly) "open source" tools such as Python, Java, Hadoop, Linux etc. (also containing R).
This is also very interesting, if you can get hold of a copy of the free PDF summary report. The mail address is on the linked page. It contains a wealth of information on data mining trends and tools.
Robert summarizes and compares different sales and download figures, language popularity measures, internet discussion activity and much more in one long article with a lot of charts. Very interesting read.Other articles are on his website.
Please let me know if you find other sources of related information.
And (last but not least): Please contact us if you could do a presentation yourself or know a topic that would interest you. Or (much better) simply schedule a meetup yourself: just enter the topic, and we will find a date and place together.