R Language

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The R Language[1][2] is a computer programming language developed for data analysis. It is almost identical to an earlier language known as S.

A number of different apps have been developed for conducting analyses written in the R Language. Somewhat confusingly, the most widely used program for conducting analyses using the R language is also called 'R', and it is used by many of the other apps (e.g., including Q). In this documentation, we refer to the app as the R Console. The R Console can be downloaded from r-project.org.

When Q performs calculations in R, it does so by sending them to a server that has the R Console on it (see Security and R).



  1. R Core Team (2013). R: A language and environment for statistical computing. R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria.
  2. The R Project