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R Version 3 Coming Later This Year

by Trevor Strome on January 3, 2013


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As regular readers of will know, I am both a proponent and user of R (, the open-source software environment for statistical computing and graphics. As I’ve written about previously, R is a powerful language that is very useful for healthcare analytics, and I use R when I have a job that no other package will do. Just a few of the ways I’ve used R in my work include:

  • visualization of complex data (i.e., comparing data across seven Emergency Departments)
  • GIS (geographical information system) analysis (i.e.,mapping out hospital catchment areas),
  • machine learning (including pattern classification and predictive analytics)

I was excited to learn in an article on R-bloggers that the next major release of R (version 3) is expected later this year, possibly around the April 1, 2013 time-frame.  The article states that:

“Version 3.0.0 is scheduled for April 1 this year, and reflects not a major departure from the current 2.15 version, but instead recognizes the establishment of major functionality introduced during the 2.x series”

I am looking forward to learning more about what the new release of R will offer, and writing about how can even further advance the practice of healthcare analytics.

PS: If you’re interested in learning more about R, or keeping up with the latest developments, is an outstanding resource that I would highly recommend.

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