R-beta: S-Plus compatibility

Paul Gilbert pgilbert at bank-banque-canada.ca
Mon Feb 23 16:59:47 CET 1998

>If you are writing new functions (or libraries) and you
>imitate S-Plus, you lose two of the most important features of R
>(besides its being freely available with source): speed and superior
>scoping rules.


Could you please expand a bit on this statement about imitating S wrt speed. I
am aware that R is substantially faster in looping and that I don't need to (and
can't) code "For" loops. Are you suggesting that there are other things which
will run much faster if they are coded in an non-S way?

Paul Gilbert

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