Thanks! (Was: Re: [R] R-2.1.0 is released)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at
Thu Apr 21 07:19:36 CEST 2005

On Wed, 20 Apr 2005, Naji wrote:

> Don't forget that universities have to train their students with the 
> softwares companies are using.

Not so.  But companies have to hire the people universities teach (or 
non-graduates if they can find them and train those).  As a result 
software companies give universities very good deals, even in some cases 
including hardware, to use their software.

Our goal is to teach people things useful for the next decade, not what is 
implemented in current software, commercial or otherwise.  R has benefited 
enormously from parts developed in meeting that goal.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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