I participate in the Advanced Business Analytics, Data Mining and Predictive Modeling group on LinkedIn. It's a terrific forum, with always at least half a dozen active discussions among the now more than 26,000 members.

One recent theme, SAS versus R, particularly caught my eye. The discourse is lively, with now over 100 comments representing the different perspectives of the relative merits of both statistical platforms. My connection is that I've worked closely with each at times during my career – 20 years with SAS and now 10 with open source R and its proprietary kin S+.

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