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Old 10-17-2010, 08:29 PM   #5
malachig
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Yes its probably worth learning in the end. If you learn some useful tasks for nextgen sequence analysis you will also likely learn to use it for many other analysis and graphing tasks. Once you get used to creating graphics in R you can script the creation of arbitrarily complex figures. Some impressive examples have been collected in the R Graph Gallery.

Another useful feature of R is add-on packages like Cairo (library and R package) that allow creation of jpegs, SVGs, etc. from within a script without using X11 graphic drivers. This is particularly useful if you want to create graphs from the nodes of a linux computer cluster.

Another interesting concept that utilizes R and 'Sweave' is the idea of creating 'reproducible research' for publications.
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