Comparison With SAS, SPSS and Stata
The general consensus is that R compares well with other popular statistical packages, such as SAS, SPSS and Stata. In January 2009, the New York Times ran an article about R gaining acceptance among data analysts and presenting a potential threat for the market share occupied by commercial statistical packages, such as SAS.
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