RStudio works!
December 08, 2018

RStudio works!

Kyle Moninger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with RStudio

Since RStudio is an open source statistical software system, we are teaching it to our statistics students. It provides them with the skills necessary to enter into the business industry where RStudio is being more widely used over SAS. It's cost effective and has many more resources available to learners. It has allowed the university to decrease our SAS licensing contract and save money that way.
  • It's well organized library of resources and documentation.
  • It's cost. It's free!
  • It has excellent computational power given it's size.
  • It's graphics could be improved.
  • It has a high learning curve.
  • As with any open source programming language, there could be bugs and errors throughout.
  • Since it's open source, it has decreased our software cost.
  • We've had greater interest from prospective hiring company's since our students know RStudio.
  • Negative impact: Higher learning curve and thus takes more time to teach in class.
RStudio is a little more difficult to use but is free so I thinks it's a more viable option. JMP has higher computing power and is easier to use, but it comes at a cost. Also, the industries we serve use JMP less than they do RStudio so we favor RStudio for these reasons.
RStudio is perfect for intermediate and advanced statistical computing. Whether it's predictive analytics, descriptive statistics, or graphical summaries it is a tool that can deliver. It is especially useful if the user has programming language experience.

It is less useful for a user who has no programming language experience and only needs simple statistical calculations. Minitab or Excel may be better suited. It is also less appropriate when higher resolution graphs are needed as it's graphics are less than optimal.