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What one wants is an extensible language with the capabilities of R at its core and is as comfortable in crunching BIG DATA in a cloud as it is on a laptop. Why not R? As great as R is for many things at its core lay systemic design flaws. Really big data defeats it. Why Racket? - It is a very well designed language with considerable conceptual integrity. - It has a JIT. - It has seamless Functional and OO merging. - It has fair/green threads. - It has the capability performing many vector based computational tasks in parallel with native threads on multicore systems. - It has remote Racket process capability, i.e. a cluster of Racket processes performing cloud distributed processing. - It has static and dynamically typing capabilities, along with modules and contracts - It has a core Plot library. - It has a REPL. - It has an IDE. Frankly there are few other options as a platform out there that come close to the same feature set. So ... Let it be written, let it be done.