More modeling tools: integrate R into ArcToolbox

Idea created by philmorefield on Oct 22, 2010

    R Statistical Software ( is almost certainly the most widely used statistical program by scientists and researchers. We know that ESRI is willing and able to integrate open-source software into ArcGIS (Python, duh).

    What is really needed is a simple, behind-the-scenes conversion of proprietary ESRI data models (e.g. shapefiles, GRIDs) into R spatial objects. The "sp" package in R is the main spatial data package, but numerous others could be used to add functionality and analytic capabilities by starting and R session in the ArcGIS GUI and executing R functions on data in the TOC, for example.