[R] Rweb ... Using R over the Web

Jeff Banfield jeff at math.montana.edu
Thu Dec 3 19:45:49 CET 1998

Over the past year I have been working on a Web interface to R, Rweb.
Anyone that is interested in trying it out can point their browser at:


The main Rweb page provides access to three versions of Rweb. A simple text
entry form that returns output and graphs, a more sophisticated Javascript
version that provides a multiple window environment, and a set of point and
click modules that are useful for introductory statistics courses and
require no knowledge of the R language. All of the Rweb versions can
analyze Web accessible datasets if a URL is provided.

A paper on Rweb will (hopefully) appear soon in the Journal of Statistical
Software (http://www.stat.ucla.edu/journals/jss/). The paper provides a
detailed explanation of the different versions of Rweb and an overview of
how Rweb works.

All of the source code for Rweb (mostly Perl scripts) is available at:


We have used Rweb in most of our introductory statistics courses, and a few
advanced courses, with great success. It has significantly reduced the
problems we used to have in the computer labs.

Any comments, suggestions, questions, or criticisms are welcome.

Jeff Banfield

Jeff Banfield
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT  59717
Phone: (406) 994-5368     Fax: (406) 994-5456
jeff at math.montana.edu     http://www.math.montana.edu/~umsfjban

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