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According to a 2010 poll conducted by KDNuggets:

49.6% of current SAS users surveyed are considering a switch away from SAS .

Of the above, 32.8% are considering a switch to R.

Why switch to R?  Here are just a few reasons:

1. It’s completely free.  No licensing fees.  Ever!

2. Can handle big data (> gigabytes of data & millions of records).

3. Fantastic Parallel Processing

4. R is cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Unix, etc..)

5. Database Integration (Oracle, MySQL, SQLite, Access, Postgre SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, etc..)

6. Top companies like Google, Facebook, Pfizer use it.

7. R has more cutting-edge analytical approaches than any other language out there.

8. R is open-source.  Change it.  Deploy it to the web.  Your imagination is the limit.

9. Very large community – Get help fast.  Nearly all major universities have started teaching R in their classrooms.

10. R is stable.  Its predecessor, the S language, dates back to Bell Labs.

11. R is growing an breakneck speeds – if you can dream it, someone is probably writing it in R.

12. R is the leading data mining tool used by 43% of data miners according to the 2010 Rexer’s Annual Data Mining Survey.

BostonDecision.com (and our Rconvert.com division) has specific expertise in performing SAS to R conversions.  We can help guide interested firms through the pros, cons, risks, and benefits of converting.

One Response to “12 Reasons Users are Switching from SAS to R”

  1. Tal Galili May 12, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Hello there,
    A friend suggested me to content you and invite you to add your blog to r-bloggers.com:
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    So please do consider :)

    With regards,
    Tal

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