How to put the R programming language to work

We're at the beginning of a new wave of numeric data -- and the new R language provides a powerful array of tools to make sense of it all

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We tend to think of programming languages as general purpose, able to deliver any kind of application given enough time and enough code. But sometimes you want a language focused on solving one class of problem as efficiently as possible -- think SQL for database programming.

Numeric analysis is ripe for domain-specific languages, mainly because we’re about to encounter a major disconnect in the way we get and use data.

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