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Why R for marketing research? - 6 reasons to use R | Nebu

R was written by statisticians, with statistics and data in mind. It is a perfect choice for data analysis, statistical modeling, simulation, graphics and much more

Why R for marketing research? - 6 reasons to use R | Nebu

Malgorzata Mleczko
Posted on 6 February 2018 in Big Data
by Malgorzata Mleczko
4 min

R first appeared in the 1990s in New Zealand, as an implementation of the S statistical programming language. R was written by statisticians, with statistics and data in mind. It is a perfect choice for data analysis, statistical modeling, simulation and graphics. Even though these are key distinguishing features of R, the language provides some other powerful features we will mention below.


Statistics and data in the DNA

R allows you to manipulate (e.g., subset, recode, merge) data quickly.  Some R packages have been designed specifically for these purposes, e.g., dplyr. Typically, a majority of the time spent on an analysis project is spent on the analysis—preparing the data.  R is much adept and efficient in data preparation. Collected data often requires many steps in data processing to be ready for analysis, so R is ideal.

R Community

Anyone (including you) can contribute packages to the community to improve its functionality. The number of R packages contributed to the community is increasing at a rapid rate. Chances are, if there’s an analysis you need to do, you will find R packages to do it.

Data Visualizations

R has advanced graphics capabilities (to see examples go here and here). You can create beautiful graphics using R packages. In general, people like to digest and understand statistics visually, and R provides great tools for achieving exactly this.

Support large datasets

Many tools have restrictions on how large your dataset can be. Processing large datasets, even when it does not technically exceed the maximum size of the tool you're using, can be a rather slow process (especially after you add tabs, formulas, and references). R supports larger dataset and supports big data.


R has features that make it much easier to reproduce the findings of your analysis, which is important for detecting errors.

  1. It’s easy to add comments to your scripts to make clear what you’re doing.
  2. Data and analysis are separated in R, allowing you to see the logical progression for data analysis in the R code.
  3. You can use version control to track (and revert) changes you make over time and to share your scripts with others to collaborate on projects as a community.


R scripting language provides an easy way to automate processes. It can save you loads of time, especially when you plan to re-run the same analysis multiple times (e.g., a project being conducted on a recurring basis).

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