Many people start using R as a direct replacement for a tool they’re already using. Maybe you’re tired of paying thousands of dollars for SPSS. Maybe you’re looking for something that can take you beyond the capabilities of Excel. In any case, most people want something that does what they already do, but cheaper and better.

When I started learning R, I just wanted to stop using Excel. What I didn’t realize was all of the ways that learning R would transform how I do my work. Here are a few of my favorite ways that R is not like any tool you’re currently using — it’s much, much more.

 

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