[R] SAS or R software

Jonathan Baron baron at psych.upenn.edu
Sat Nov 20 13:11:55 CET 2004

There was at least one previous discussion of SAS vs. R on this
list.  I searched my archives (below).  The thread begins at
but then changes title.

Two arguments for SAS:

1. You may be working with other people who use it.  (That is why
   many of my colleagues use it, aside from inertia and [rational
   - since they have no choice] ignorance of alternatives.)

2. It used to be true, and it may still be true, that SAS
   compiles all code before running it, whereas R uses many
   compiled routines but does not compile the code you write
   yourself.  Thus, SAS may be faster for huge data sets, like
   census data.

Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
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