I would suggest a topic "R vs. Mathematica/Maple/Matlab". This would include info on the wide academic use of R, on the value and flexibility that R demonstrates when being integrated with other bank/hedge fund infrastructure - DBMSs, portal solutions, web , etc., and the rich open-source developer community and repository of libraries and extensions. I can say that because I was using R as a risk management systems developer for several years. Right now R offers pretty modern plotting and web interface features. And there's a lot of people using R - I have attended several R/Finance conferences in Chicago, and I can say that community is fast-growing.
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on August 18th, 2015, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.