S-Plus and R Statistics Software
is a high level language and an environment for data
analysis and graphics developed at AT&T Bell Laboratories, lead by John
M. Chambers who, in 1998, received the ACM Software System Award where S
was cited as
`The S system, which has forever altered how
people analyze, visualize, and manipulate data.'
S-Plus and R are two implementations (or language
`dialects') and our preferred statistics software tools.
We use them for almost all of our data analyses, and also for research and
S-PLUS is a value-added
version of S sold by Insightful Corporation. It is available in both UNIX and
Windows versions. Lots of informations on S-Plus can be found via the
A summary of some features of S-Plus (in german) and its availability
at ETH Zurich can be found via our
Guide to statistical software at ETH.
Some more links on S-Plus:
The Seminar for Statistics also teaches S-Plus courses. Check
the course program for a brief description and dates.
also know as `GNU S' is a statistics (& programming)
environment, released GNU `copylefted',
i.e., it is free to get including source code, and it's protected to
remain free in the future.
R is a dialect of the S
language, and therefore very close to S-Plus (see above),
available for all major computer platforms, i.e. Unix-alikes
(incl. Linux), Windows and MacIntosh. In addition, there are over 100
contributed packages available extending R's capabilities into many
For further information, see the
R Project home page
and (our mirror of) ``
Comprehensive R Archive Network,
or consider the (documented part of) functionality in the
There's a very nice
article in French from EPFL, Feb.2001.
"ESS" (Emacs Speaks Statistics)
Working with S-Plus and R is a lot more comfortable if you
use it with Emacs and "ESS". Have a look at the
ESS documentation for more information.
From the Statistics Library server at CMU
(master) / SunSite Austria
we get numerous additional software packages notably for S-Plus and
ETH Zurich main WWW server -
Mathematics Department -
Department of Computer Science
The SfS web masters,
<www _at_ stat.math.ethz.ch>
(address garbled against spam),
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