[R] style question: returning multiple arguments - structure orlist
fharrell at virginia.edu
Sun Jul 29 19:58:14 CEST 2001
That makes a good deal of sense. I look forward to
future postings of your experiences this fall.
One thing that I have learned is a mistake is to try
to "ease" the students into S by having them
spend the first 2-3 weeks of the course using only
the S-Plus graphical user interface. From now on I'm going
directly to the command line.
Jonathan Baron wrote:
> >From owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch Sun Jul 29 09:36:10 2001
> >I too am troubled by the computer illiteracy of students
> >these days. As an experiment this summer I am having
> >incoming students who don't know at least one computer
> >language work through the book "Beginning Programming
> >for Dummies" by Wallace Wang.
> This sounds like a good book, but I want to make a pedagogical
> point. Although transfer of learning does occur, the last 100
> years of research have tended to support the view that it is
> incomplete and that it also works in both directions. In my
> youth, they tried to get me to learn Latin because it would "make
> French easier." (I refused, and learned German.) The fact is
> that learning French would make Latin easier, just as much as the
> reverse. Thus, if the target is S/R, teach S/R first. It will
> help students learn other languages just as much as the reverse.
> Of course, the availability of good teaching materials is an
> issue. I plan to work on this in the fall, when I force the
> students in our introductory graduate methods class to learn R,
> both as a beginning cure for computer illiteracy and as a useful
> tool in its own right - more useful for the average psychology
> researcher, I think, than C or anything else.
> Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
> Home page: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~baron
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