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Re: st: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...

From   Ronan Conroy <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...
Date   Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:23:45 +0100

On 20 Meith 2010, at 14:31, Muenchen, Robert A (Bob) wrote:

I've been fiddling around with various ways to estimate the popularity
of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata, JMP, Minitab, Statistica, Systat, BMDP, S- PLUS,
R-PLUS and Revolution R. It's not an easy task. You can see what I've
come up with so far at . I'm sure people
will have plenty of ideas on how to improve this, so please let me know
what you think

The extent to which user search the web is not perhaps a measure of popularity but one of frustration! A popular package is perhaps not one that generates a lot of internet traffic, but one that gets your work published.

(Bear in mind that Stata's own web search capabilities, which allow users to conduct focussed searches for Stata materials, do not appear in your metrics.)

My own test of popularity is to check which statistical packages are used in the research articles I read and review. This isn't a scientific exercise, and I certainly don't keep count. Rather, I am curious to know what packages are used, and if there is a trend for particular packages to be used in particular areas of research (such as the popularity of Prism among the lab bench people, SAS in pharma and Stata among people who analyse clustered data).

Since the beginning of the year I have found myself checking the Lancet each week (you get a couple of months complementary subscription for reviewing each paper). Stata has figured in about half the papers, followed by SAS and SPSS in about equal proportions (a number of papers use two packages, typically Stata plus SPSS - which I take to mean that one of the investigators used SPSS and the statistician did the hard bits in Stata). R and Statview have both appeared once, to my knowledge.

Ronan Conroy
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