# FAQs about R

**Question:** Why R language is named as R?

**Answer:** The name of R language is based on the first letters of its authors (Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka).

**Question:** What is the R Foundation?

**Answer:** The R foundation is a non-profit organization working in the public interest, founded by the members of the R Core Team. This foundation provides support for the R project and other innovations in statistical computing, provides reference point for individual, institutions or commercial enterprises whom want to support or interact with the R development community. R foundation also holds and administer the copyright of R language software and its documentation. For more information about R foundation follow the link https://www.R-project.org/foundation

**Question**:What is R-Forge?

**Answer:** R-Forge provides a central platform for the development of R packages, R-related softwares etc. It is based on GForge that offers easy access to the best in SVN, daily built and checked R packages, mailing lists, bug tracking, message board or forum, web-site hosting, permanent file archival, full backups and total web-based administration. For more information see

- The R-Forge web page
- Stefan Theußl and Achim Zeileis (2009), “Collaborative software development using R-Forge”,
*The R Journal*,**1**(1), 9-14.

**Question:** What mailing lists exist for R language?

**Answer:** There are four mailing lists devoted to R language

- R-announce: A moderated mailing list for major announcements about the R development and the availability of new R code.
- R-packages: A moderated mailing list for announcement on the availability of new or further enhanced contributed packages.
- R-help: The main R mailing list for discussion and problems and solution using R, announcements about the development of R and the availability of new R code. R-help is intended to people who want to use R to solve problems.
- R-devel: A mailing list for questions and discussions about code development in R language.

**Question:** What documentation exists for R language?

**Answer:** For most of the R function and variables in R online documentation exists and this documentation can be printed on screen by typing help(name) or ?name at the R prompt, where name is the name of the topic for which help is required. The R documentation can also be made available in PDF and HTML formats and as a hardcopy via LaTeX. Up-to-date HTML version of R documentation is always available for web browsers at http://stat.ethz.ch/R-manual.Lot of R books and manuals are also available as R documentation.

How to get help in R follow the link Getting Help in R Language.