R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. 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.

R is available as Free Software under the terms of the Free Software Foundation’s GNU General Public License in source code form. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms and similar systems (including FreeBSD and Linux), Windows and MacOS.

FOSSEE, IIT Bombay has taken up the initiative of promoting FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), for education. We, the R team at FOSSEE, IIT Bombay promotes the use of R as being popular and easily available. The goal of this project is to enable students and faculty of various colleges / institutes / universities across India to use Open Source Software tools for all their statistical computing and graphical purposes. Therefore, improving the quality of instruction and learning, and avoiding expensive commercial computing licenses for research and education.