Norman Nie, co-creator of SPSS (acquired by IBM for $1.2 billion last summer), and his group Revolution Analytics aim to bring analysis to a wider audience with a product built on top of R, the popular statistical computing language. They call it Revolution R.
Noted in a recent Forbes article:
R is a powerful tool but difficult for novices to use. Nie's Revolution Analytics aims to make it more accessible with a better-organized library, capabilities for bigger jobs and a user interface that lets users drag and drop statistical analyses into place, outputting easily read charts.
The rest of the article is about Nie, the growing importance of data, etc.
I'm curious. Has anyone tried Revolution R? They say that it has "faster performance and greater stability" than base R. Is it that much better?