R for Windows


R for Windows


R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is a GNU project which is similar to the S language and environment which was developed at Bell Laboratories (formerly AT&T, now Lucent Technologies) by John Chambers and colleagues. R can be considered as a different implementation of S. There are some important differences, but much code written for S runs unaltered under R. 

R provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, …) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. The S language is often the vehicle of choice for research in statistical methodology, and R provides an Open Source route to participation in that activity. 


R is an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation, and graphical display. It includes 

An effective data handling and storage facility.

A suite of operators for calculations on arrays, in particular matrices.

A large, coherent, integrated collection of intermediate tools for data analysis.

Graphical facilities for data analysis and display either on-screen or on hard copy.

A well-developed, simple, and effective programming language which includes conditionals, loops, user-defined recursive functions and input and output facilities. 

OS Supported

Windows 10

Apple MacOS

License Details


Available to



Personal devices and university-owned devices

How to Get

For Students/Staff/Faculty: R is available via AppsAnywhere.smu.ca

Faculty only: For special requests, please contact EIT Helpdesk at helpdesk@smu.ca

        Direct download available here


For more information, visit https://www.r-project.org/


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