Google Summer of Code Student Project Wins Statistical Software Award

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We are happy to report that one of the Google Summer of Code students from last year, Ian Fellows, has been awarded the John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award for his work with the R Project. This award will be presented at the annual Joint Statistical Meeting in August.

Ian’s project involved extending the scope of the Deducer cross-platform GUI interface to R by adding an intuitive plot builder for building up complex statistical graphics in a user friendly environment. Ian has described the plot builder as “a piece of software that simply wouldn't have been built except for the funding from Google.” In addition to the online documentation, Ian has put together a series of video tutorials on YouTube introducing the new software:

Deducer Video - Part 1

Console Video - Part 2

We’re also happy to report that once again Ian will be participating in the Google Summer of Code, this year as a mentor with the R Project.

I personally use ggplot2 frequently for visualizing complex data sets at Google, and I’m looking forward to utilizing the new GUI PlotBuilder for my work. Congratulations again, Ian.

By Murray Stokely, Software Engineering Team