[R] off topic publication question

Phineas Campbell pcampbell at econ.bbk.ac.uk
Tue Jun 8 21:56:22 CEST 2004

I had assumed that the use of we in articles was either due to formality,
like the distinction between tu and vous in French.  The English monarch
never refer to themselves in the singular.  Or we as in both the author and
the reader.  However a sample of size 4 of articles to hand suggests that
the use of we for single author papers is not universal.

Phineas Campbell

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Subject: [R] off topic publication question

Dear R People:

Please excuse the off topic question, but I
know that I'll get a good answer here.

If a single author is writing a journal article,
should she use "We performed a test"
or "I performed a test",

I had learned to use "we" without regard to the number
of authors.  Is that true, please?

Thanks for the off topic help.

Erin Hodgess
Associate Professor
Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
University of Houston - Downtown
mailto: hodgess at gator.uhd.edu

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