Outline and History
Good statistical understanding can be easy to learn and should be accessible to everyone. It is invaluable for informed decision making across disciplines and education levels. The software development has been led by Africa talent and is intended for a broad-multilingual audience.
R-Instat provides a front-end to R, designed to broaden the users of the software, particularly in Africa. "R is an open-source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics that is supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis."
R’s reputation has grown incredibly in recent years. General information about R is here and it’s early history is given here. The original Instat was an easy-to-use statistics package, produced at the University of Reading, UK. It was designed to support good statistical practice and included a special menu for the analysis of historical climatic data. The ideas behind Instat have motivated the structure of the R-Instat menus and dialogues, though no line of the original code remains.
R-Instat got its start thanks to a crowd-sourcing campaign in 2015. This 3 minute video from the original campaign outlines the need for this software.