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st: What is Popularity? (with respect to R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...)

From   "Michael N. Mitchell" <>
Subject   st: What is Popularity? (with respect to R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...)
Date   Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:04:39 -0700

Dear Bob

I think this is a very interesting, unique, and challenging endeavor. I think this is a classic issue of having a latent construct that we want to measure (popularity) and some easy measures lying around. So far, I have not seen a discussion of how we would define this latent variable of "popularity" of a statistical package. In terms of defining "popularity" some random thoughts are...

  1. Number of "users" (but of course there are different kinds of "users").
2. Number of copies "in use" (but of course there are different kinds of use, occasional vs. vs. daily).
  3. Amount of use (people hours, publications completed).
  4. Preferred utilization (I must use X, but I would prefer to use Y).
  5. Quality ratings.

I think that it would be useful to solicit discussion of how people would define "popularity" with respect to statistical packages. Then, each of the available measures could be assessed to the degree it reflects the underlying unmeasured idea of "popularity".

Best regards,

Michael N. Mitchell
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On 2010-06-28 6.52 AM, Muenchen, Robert A (Bob) wrote:
Greeting Listserv Readers,

At I have added plots, data, and/or
discussion of:

1. Scholarly impact of each package across the years
2. The number of subscribers to some of the listservs
3. How popular each package is among Google searches across the years
4. Survey results from a Rexer Analytics poll
5. Survey results from a KDnuggests poll
6. A rudimentary analysis of the software skills that employers are

Thanks very much to all the folks who helped on this project including:
John Fox, Marc Schwartz, Duncan Murdoch, Martin Weiss, John (Jiangtang)
HU, Andre Wielki, Kjetil Halvorsen, Dario Solari, Joris Meys, Keo
Ormsby, Karl Rexer, and Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro.

If anyone can think of other angles, please let me know.


   Bob Muenchen (pronounced Min'-chen), Manager
   Research Computing Support
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