[R] The book: S Programming

Andrew Criswell andy at arcriswell.com
Sun Dec 31 20:56:54 CET 2000

Will the real book "S Programming" please stand up.

As I searched for this book both on AMAZON.COM and AMAZON.CO.UK, I found two
different versions.

On AMAZON.COM my search reveals

S Programming (Statistics and Computing) by Brian D. Ripley, William N.
Venables. Our Price: $59.95. Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours.
Hardcover - 264 pages 1st edition (May 15, 2000) Springer Verlag; ISBN:

But on AMAZON.CO.UK I discover

S Programming, W.N. Venables, B.D. Ripley. Our Price: £44.50 Availability:
Usually dispatched within 24 hours Hardcover - 400 pages 3rd Ed edition (30
June, 2000). Springer-Verlag New York Inc.; ISBN: 0387989668.

The implicit exchange rate between these two books, 1st ed. and 3rd, is
1.347 USD per GBP. I assume the 3rd edition from AMAZON.CO.UK is the most
recent, it certainly is the better buy. But when I tried to explain all this
to the AMAZON.COM folks I got merely computerized responses. They don't seem
to get it, but I'm sure Drs. Venables and Ripley will.

Happy holidays,

Andrew Criswell
Professor of Finance
Graduate School, Bangkok University

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