Sport Informatics and Analytics/Pattern Recognition/Using R/Introduction

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This topic develops issues raised in Theme 2 of this course Pattern Recognition.

R is a programming language and a software environment for statistical computing and graphics that is supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing.[1]

Kurt Hornik and Friedrich Leisch[2] introduce R in the first edition of the R Newsletter. The R Core Team provide a brief background report about R in the newsletter[3]

You can find a detailed description of R on this Wikipedia page.


  1. Hornik, Kurt (November 26, 2015). "R FAQ". 2.1 What is R?. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  2. Hornik, Kurt and Leisch, Friedrich (1 January, 2001). "Editorial". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  3. The R Core Team (1 January, 2001). "What is R?". Retrieved 9 February 2016.