[R] What is R - A Summary

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Sun Sep 26 00:03:59 CEST 1999

On Sat, 25 Sep 1999, John Maindonald wrote:

> I wonder whether there is any comment on the following.  It is a 

> ===================================================================
> The R Statistical Language
> R is a public domain dialect of the S/S-PLUS language. 

It isn't "public domain" (people probably know what you mean, but it is an
important distinction to keep clear).  It's 'free' or 'open source', but
the code is owned by various people and there are definite restrictions on
what you can do with it. 

Thomas Lumley 
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
University of Washington, Seattle

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