As if that is news to some of you.

Forbes has a **Mean Business** blog post by Steve McNally titled “Names You Need to Know in 2011: R Data Analysis Software”. The post includes several links to why R is wonderful.

It also includes a pretty — but seemingly useless — statistical graph. Correct me if I’m wrong.

**This is the Green Room** in The first rule of statistics is you don’t write about statistics takes exception to the simplistic statement about Facebook using R to learn about customer retention.

The graph comes from John Fox’s book, Applied Regression, Generalized Linear Models, and Related Methods, Second Edition.

http://socserv.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Books/Applied-Regression-2E/index.html

John Fox is the maintainer for the CRAN Task View: Statistics for the Social Sciences.

Joel, thanks. I obviously owe John an apology — I’m unlikely to think what he does is useless.

Hello –

The graph was / is linked to the John Fox source Joel provides above –

I’d used the image foremost because it was pretty, but I hardly find it useless: even without additional context, “Education, Prestige, Income” are compelling data points to the Forbes community. Inferences can be made as-is; IMO, this is a strong case in R’s favor, in general.

Agreed that R is hardly news in some circles; those circles are widening. The hope is that widening is welcomed.

I welcome any feedback w/r/t providing more context in my post.

Thanks