Okay, I admit there are lots of threads R vs. something. The strengths of R are obvious to most people here. Still though advertising R in an environment that has been preferring various kinds of other software for quite some time is not easy.
Moreover, even in the limited time I´ve been dealing with R, it improved so dramatically that I would mention things among its strengths that I would not have listed when I started my personal R-evolution.
So, what I am trying to do here is to collect the most recent and striking arguments that can be put in nutshell and be presented easily.
What I got on my list so far is:
- the Springer useR series
- ggplot2 and its documentation
- open source
What can you add to this list? SO threads are also very welcome as answers.
EDIT: so far, though indeed very helpful, most answers are arguments (pros) why one would want to use R. Do you have some specific hints that I could include in some kind of overview presentation?