While Bob M, my old mentor and fellow TN man maintains the website http://r4stats.com/ how popular R is across various forums, I am interested in who within R community of 3 million (give or take a few) is contributing more. I am very sure by 2014, we can have a new fork of R called Hadley R, in which all packages would be made by Hadley Wickham and you wont need anything else.
But jokes apart, since I didnt have the time to
1) scrape CRAN for all package authors
2) scrape for lines of code across all packages
3) allocate lines of code (itself a dubious software productivity metric) to various authors of R packages-
1) scraping the entire and 2011′s R help list
2) determine who is the most frequent r question and answer user (ala SAS-L’s annual MVP and rookie of the year awards)
I did the following to atleast who is talking about R across easily scrapable Q and A websites
Stack Overflow still rules over all.
http://stackoverflow.com/tags/r/topusers shows the statistics on who made whom in R on Stack Overflow
All in all, initial ardour seems to have slowed for #Rstats on Stack Overflow ? or is it just summer?
No the answer- credit to Rob J Hyndman is most(?) activity is shifting to Stats Exchange
You could also paste this in Notepad and some graphs on Average Score / Answer or even make a social network graph if you had the time.
Do NOT (Go/Bi) search for Stack Overflow API or web scraping stack overflow- it gives you all the answers on the website but 0 answers on how to scrape these websites.
I have added a new website called Meta Optimize to this list based on Tal G’s interview of Joseph Turian, at http://www.r-statistics.com/2010/07/statistical-analysis-qa-website-did-stackoverflow-just-lose-it-to-metaoptimize-and-is-it-good-or-bad/
There are only 17 questions tagged R but it seems a lot of views is being generated.
I also decided to add views from Quora since it is Q and A site (and one which I really like)
Again very few questions but lot many followers