Pedicularis groenlandica

Wetlands and landscapes

Data science, water, isotopes, and ecosystems


Benchmarking R and Rcpp

A speed comparison.

Jason Mercer

7 minutes read

At the UW Data Science Center we’ve been talking speed lately. Generally R is considered a somewhat slow language (though I’m not sure that’s fair). However, there are some excellent packages and interfaces that can drastically speed up R. For example, the Rcpp package acts as an interface between R and C++, thereby allowing useRs to drastically speed-up analysis – or at least that’s the idea.

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I am a PhD candidate at the University of Wyoming, studying mountain wetlandscapes.