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

From   Ronan Conroy <>
To   "statalist hsphsun2. harvard. edu" <>
Subject   Re: st: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...
Date   Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:46:22 +0100

On 21 Meith 2010, at 10:23, Ronan Conroy wrote:

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.

A no show appointment allowed me to do some searching on Science Direct

All medicine, dentistry, nursing and health care sources, all publications later than 2004

SPSS : 68k hits
SAS : 49k hits
Stata : 13k hits
Statview : 4k
Statistica : 4k
JMP : 2k

The Lancet, all articles (Science Direct is hard to limit to a specific journal and specific time period at once)
SPSS : 478 hits
SAS : 820 hits
Stata : 477 hits
Statview : 42
Statistica : 86
JMP : 45

The trouble is that R is an impossible term to search for, and I gave up trying to find some form of words that would isolate papers that plausibly used R for their statistics.

And now my no-show is knocking at the door. Drat.

Ronan Conroy
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Epidemiology Department,
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