[R] Newbie questions

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Tue Oct 31 20:47:24 CET 2000

>>>>> "ZC" == Zsombor Cseres-Gergely <z.cseres-gergely at ucl.ac.uk> writes:

    ZC> On Mon, Oct 30, 2000 at 03:00:14PM -0800, A.J. Rossini wrote:
    ZC> No replace: Stata is commercial, R is GNU. There is a purity
    ZC> issue here.

I see no reason to forego great support, as well as a good package (R
can't replace many things that it does, at least not yet.  Maybe in
the future...).  In my experience, the quality (and quantity) of
support that Stata Corp. provides is quite good, up to the standards
set by most OSS groups :-).

Purity arguments are both compelling and dangerous.  And I'll leave it
at that.  They have no business here.

    >> where I work at, which is mostly consulting/collab), but I do
    >> see it augmenting Stata, especially with respect to graphics
    >> (which are horrid under Stata).

    ZC> Yes, Stata graphics is terrible (although they say it will
    ZC> improve). But how do you exchange datafiles? Dump to ascii and
    ZC> infile?

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Much, much easier.  Look for the stataread package at CRAN.
(at least until R gets a nice set of longitudinal macros, I'll
 continue to enjoy Stata's "reshape" command for data manipulation)


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