The R software and Graphics system is fast becoming the
Lingua Franca of empirical quantitative research. it is freely
available on the Internet to anyone. The advantages of R include
numerical accuracy and availability of some 1600
This conference is about applications of the R software and Graphics
system to important policy and research problems, not about R per se.
It provides an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers from
various disciplines using R in their reproducible research work. We
hope to provide practical help to students and researchers alike.
Research papers presented can be both theoretical and applied, but
their quantitative results will have to be reproducible via an R
software program (called snippet). The two-day conference will be of
interest to academics from a wide range of quantitative disciplines
including all social sciences plus representatives from government,
multilateral institutions, NGOs, professionals doing quantitative work
in law, business, risk management, the UN and students. Since some
papers are expected to dwell on important public policy matters, we
expect the media to attend.
This conference provides a rare opportunity for those interested in
quantitative methods as well as the R system of computing and graphics
to come together and exchange ideas and practical tools. We do expect
to have poster sessions and encourage wide participation by students
currently using R. We also expect to produce a CD containing R software
and all accepted research papers. The authors will retain the copyright
and will be free to submit them for publication.
A Proceedings Volume is planned. An Economics journal is also
interested in publishing selected papers.