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

    * Note this is an event hosted by Kennesaw State. RSVPing on Meetup *DOES NOT* register your for the event. This is merely an announcement to our members. Registration, directions, and additional details may be found on the KSU R Day website (http://ccpe.kennesaw....). If you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Ferguson at

    Kennesaw State University’s Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences is pleased to present the seventh annual KSU R Day to celebrate undergraduate and graduate analytics students’ work in R. This event will feature poster presentations of students’ analytics research and guest speakers discussing evolving trends in analytics and data science. Our event is sponsored by The Southern Company and JRi Solutions.

    KSU R Day will introduce our students to analytics practitioners, allow them to begin building their professional network, and give them a look at real-world careers available to them in analytics. Students will have the opportunity to discuss collaborative projects with local businesses and R users. This event provides organizations with a platform to meet students at all levels who are considering careers in advanced analytics.

    There is no fee to attend this event, but we do request that you register online on or before November 14th at noon.

    Registration, directions, and additional details may be found on the KSU R Day website (http://ccpe.kennesaw....). If you have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Ferguson at

    Kennesaw, GA - USA

    Friday, November 16 at 8:00 AM