# Previous How To's of the Day

As a language for statistical analysis, R has a comprehensive library of functions for generating random numbers from various statistical distributions. In this post, I want to focus on the simplest of questions: How do I generate a random number?

The answer depends on what kind of random number you want to generate. Let's illustrate by example.

As a language for statistical analysis, R has a comprehensive library of functions for generating random numbers from various statistical distributions. In this post, I want to focus on the simplest of questions: How do I generate a random number?

The answer depends on what kind of random number you want to generate. Let's illustrate by example.

The R programming language was designed for doing statistics. In my view, its great popularity among statisticians, people learning statistics, data miners and others is due to the way it facilities the process of thinking about statistics. R’s syntax greatly aids in expressing statistical models. Often, it is intuitive shorthand for the mathematics.

## Applications of R in Business Competition -- Winners Announced

The 2011 Applications of R in Business Competition is now complete.

See the competition winners here.