[R] S-Poetry in R

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Nov 14 15:29:27 CET 1998

On Sat, 14 Nov 1998, Peter B. Mandeville wrote:

> Kjetil Halvorsen mentioned a book call "S-Poetry in R". I checked with

He is confusing you. S-poetry is not a book, it is an on-line manuscript
of a declined book proposal (I am told by a publisher), available at


in PDF last time I looked. It is about S-PLUS, written by a former
MathSoft employee.

> Suggestion: Might it be possible to put a list of the most important and
> new literature about R, S, and S+ which has a direct bearing on R in the
> Documentation section of CRAN along with where they can be obtained? This
> would be of great help to isolated neophytes beginning to use R.

I am going to stick my neck out and say you need a good book on S-PLUS, say

Venables, W.N. & Ripley, B.D. (1997) Modern Applied Statistics with
S-PLUS. Second Edition. Springer.

and then read both of


The `R' complements to V&R2, available from a mirror near you via
http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/MASS/sites.html.  (A new version updated
for 0.63 will be available by Monday, together with a new release
of R versions of the libraries and scripts.)

to understand some of the differences.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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