In the Mid-'70s in the hallowed halls of Bell Labs they developed Unix, C, and a lot of cool things. One of these was the S statistical programming language. Its modern implementations are S-plus and R.

R is an open source programming language for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphical visualization. While most commonly used within academia, in fields such as computational biology and applied statistics, it is rapidly gaining currency in commercial areas such as quantitative finance and business intelligence.

Among R's strengths as a language are its powerful built-in tools for inferential statistics, its compact modeling syntax, its data visualization capabilities, and its ease of connectivity with persistent data stores (from databases to flatfiles).

In addition, R is open source nature and extensible via add-on "packages" allowing it to keep up with the leading edge in academic research. For all its strengths, though, R has an admittedly steep learning curve; the first steps towards learning and using R can be challenging.

The Atlanta R Users Group is dedicated to bringing together area practitioners of R to exchange knowledge, inspire new users, and spur the adoption of R for innovative research and commercial applications.

They seem to have meetings by fits and starts, but check out their Meetup Page nonetheless.

Upcoming R Users' Group Events

Events - Atlanta R Users Group

Events - Atlanta R Users Group
  • Atlanta R Users Group

    Welcome to our August Meetup! This month we are focusing our talks on people who are new to R or are looking to find ways to break in! My goal is that the talks will be informative to everyone but the focus will be on getting started with R. The schedule is as follows:

    7:00 - 7:20: Food and Welcome
    7:20 - 8:00: Getting From The Basics to Linear Models in R - Matthew Turner
    8:00 - 8:35: Replacing Your Excel Workflows with R - Matt Mills

    Speaker Bios:

    - Matthew Turner is a research scientist in the department of psychology, and the research and technology mentor for the Center for Information, Modeling and Simulation; both at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He holds master’s degrees in applied mathematics (MA, Cal State University) and Theoretical and Applied Statistics (MS, Rutgers University), with an emphasis on mathematical modeling and statistical computing. He is also trained in the social sciences and psychology (MA, PhD; University of California) with research work in EEG, perception, psychiatric disorders, text mining, machine learning, and terrorism analysis.

    - Matt Mills is the organizer of the R User Group and is really looking for more speakers ;) If you know anyone, including yourself, that would like to present at an upcoming meetup please let me know!

    Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    Atlanta, GA - USA

    Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00 PM