It's no coincidence that while the usage of the R language is skyrocketing (as shown in the recent Rexer Analytics and KDNuggets polls), the growth in data scientist jobs is also skyrocketing. R is the lingua franca of data science, and as the pervasive statistical software in the academic sector, there's a steady-stream of newly-minted graduates trained in R, data science, and often other open-source technologies including Hadoop.
A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with DataInformed's Michael Goldberg to talk about the rise of R as the analytics programming language for business. The interview covered a wide range of topics, including:
- How the Big Data movement has led companies to set up data science teams to extract value from all the data they have collected and stored;
- That because R is the lingua franca of data science, businesses are rapidly adopting R to support these data science programs
- How new data platforms like Hadoop, which are often though of as data storage platforms, can also be powerful data science platforms with the in-Hadoop and in-Database capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise.
- Ways to solve the "last mile problem" of delivering the results of predictive models to those in the company that will make decisions using those prediction; and
- The importance of the open source community for users of analytics software
You can listen to the full 20-minute interview at the link below.