I use R/RStudio as my daily methods development environment. I exploit R's statistical and mathematical libraries for solving linear systems, performing convex optimization, evaluating frequentist hypotheses, inferring parameters through Bayesian statistics, and performing samplings and simulations. I also use R for reporting and technical document generation with R-markdown/KnitR. I'd be delighted to help you learn the R environment, including the powerful notion of R closures, and will show you some R best practices along the way.