R is a freely available language and environment for statistical
computing and graphics. It has over 10200 packages to cater for the
needs of statisticians, data scientists, epidemiologists, ecologists,
econometricians and many more people.
At the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, we
informally introduced R in late 2013 and formally integrated R into
our academic syllabus in 2015. We use RStudio as the IDE for R though
Revolution R is another popular IDE. In the statistic class, we teach
students to read data, perform statistical analysis and produce
reports in R.
Using R makes learning more exciting and using R-markdown helps
students produce nice reports. Our experience shows R requires steeper
learning curve but the challenge and the versatility of R make the
students more engaged and the learning more effective. We feel that
academicians should promote the use of R in their classes.
Prof. Madya Dr. Kamarul Imran Musa
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