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collatz <- function(num) {
  if (num <= 0)
    stop("num must be positive")
  else if (num == 1)
  else if (num %% 2 == 0)
    return(1 + collatz(num / 2))
    return(1 + collatz(3 * num + 1))

R is an open source, programming lingua franca of statistics. It was created by Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman at the University of Auckland, who wanted a language that was better suited to statistical computing and easier to use than comparable software designed by computer scientists.

In addition to being a programming language, R is also an environment for interactive data analysis. Its powerful metaprogramming capabilities allow for magically succinct and concise functions. It can also integrate with high-performance programming languages like Fortran, C, and C++. These combined attributes provide an excellent environment for designing domain-specific languages.

Ross Ihaka describes R as "a real demonstration of the power of collaboration". R has a fantastic community of both users and developers, who contribute to a massive (and rapidly growing) collection of packages for importing, manipulating and visualising data, as well as cutting edge methods for statistical modelling and machine learning.

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Meet the R Track mentors

Once you join the R language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Cosima Meyer https://github.com/cosimameyer

Throughout my studies, I was introduced to R in 2013 and discovered the beauty and flexibility of this language.I use R on a regular basis for my PhD project in peace and conflict studies.
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Alexandre Moradell https://github.com/amoradell

I work with R since 2015 and learned with several courses on Coursera and FUN. I like to help others and Exercism is the right place.
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Tyler Ritchie https://github.com/tylerritchie

I enjoy using R for quickly analyzing data and plotting. I've used R to analyze fisheries data and server request logs.
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Jayaram Kancherla https://github.com/jkanche

I use R in my work quite frequently and was introduced a long time ago when i was in grad school. I love the flexibility and readability of the language and would love to help others!
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Dennis Hammerschmidt https://github.com/dennis-hammerschmidt

I'm a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Mannheim and an active R user since 2014. With its unique combination of self-exploration and guided feedback, exercism is the ideal way to learn and master coding in R.
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Jon Calder https://github.com/jonmcalder

I was introduced to R during my statistics undergrad in 2006 and have been trying to learn to use it properly ever since! I love the power, flexibility and expressiveness of the language, and hope I can help others to appreciate it too.
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Community-sourced R exercises

These are a few of the 33 exercises on the R track. You can see all the exercises here.

RNA Transcription
text formatting
Prime Factors
control flow conditionals
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Meet the R Track maintainers

The R Maintainers are the brains behind the R Track. They spend their spare time creating interesting and challenging exercises that we can all learn from. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work. Here are the bios of a few of the maintainers of this track.

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Jon Calder My Website

I was introduced to R during my statistics undergrad in 2006 and have been trying to learn to use it properly ever since! I love the power, flexibility and expressiveness of the language, and hope I can help others to appreciate it too.
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Katrin Leinweber GitHub

I struggled to apply R to my own PhD research data in 2013. A Science Craft grad school course finally got me started when I decided to use another, well-formated data set. Since then, I have found R to be a lifeline for data analysis and teaching myself and others one or the other programming skill :-) R may not be pretty, but it gets the job done.

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