The R Programming Language

Published on 01 November 2018 (Updated: 05 November 2018)

The R Programming Language

R is a language as well as an environment especially suited for statistical computing, data analysis and data visualization. The first version of this GNU project was released in 1995. The last major version 3.0 was released in 2013.

R enjoys a high popularity in academia and has a large community which both develops the language and releases new extensions. As a result, CRAN emerged as a rich archive of packages extending the base functionality of R.

In case you are interested in more information on the history and features of R, take a look at the R project website from which this short summary originates.1



  1. A. Wörner, “Hello World in R,” The Renegade Coder, 17-Sep-2018. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 02-Nov-2018].