For some time, I have been curious about how often researchers are downloading and using my R packages. However, there has been no way to satiate this curiosity...until now!
Thanks to Tal Galili (at http://www.r-statistics.com/), interested parties can answer the question: “How many people use a particular R package?”
Using Tal's R scripts, I generated several bar charts for the daily number of downloads for each of my packages from 04-02-2013 (approx. date R 3.0.0 was released) until 06-16-2013. So, about 2.5 months in sum. Above and below are the graphics for the top 2 package.
Below displays the total number of downloads for each package during this 2-month period. The package 'compute.es' took the lead with over 500 downloads in just over 2-months. All of these packages combined totaled about 2,000 downloads during this short period.
Below is the R output for each of my R packages. These are the total downloads from around the date R 3.0.0 was released (04-02-2013) until 06-16-2013. So, about 2.5 months in sum.
> barplot_package_users_per_day("compute.es", my_RStudio_CRAN_data)
> barplot_package_users_per_day("RcmdrPlugin.MA", my_RStudio_CRAN_data)
> barplot_package_users_per_day("MAd", my_RStudio_CRAN_data)
> barplot_package_users_per_day("MAc", my_RStudio_CRAN_data)
Looks like 'compute.es' package has the most downloads during this 2 1/2 month period at 531 total installations! Pretty rad!
See link below for my (and colleagues) most recent publication in PLoS ONE, which is an interesting/unique journal. It is an open-access journal (=anyone can read and download the full article without restriction) that provides various article level metrics, such as the number of article views, downloads and citations. There are other interesting features as well.
Click on citation below to view article:
Del Re, A. C., Spielmans, G. I., Flückiger, C., and Wampold, B. E. (2013). Efficacy of new generation antidepressants: Differences seem illusory. PLoS ONE, 8(6):e63509+.
A. C. Del Re
I'm a former research scientist with professional interests in health services research, psychotherapy, statistics, and R (open source stats software). See here for more information.