[R] congratulations to the JGR developers

Vadim Ogranovich vograno at evafunds.com
Mon May 2 20:22:58 CEST 2005

Well put, Gabor!

P.S. Sorry for wasting the bandwidth. Just couldn't resist, so much true
it is. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Gabor 
> Grothendieck
> Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 8:06 AM
> To: Andy Bunn
> Cc: R-Help
> Subject: Re: [R] congratulations to the JGR developers
> On 5/2/05, Andy Bunn <abunn at whrc.org> wrote:
> > > Just want to offer my congratulations to the JGR 
> developers as the 
> > > recepient of the 2005 Chambers Award.  Great job, guys!!
> > > http://stats.math.uni-augsburg.de/JGR/
> > 
> > This feels like the future of R to me. It's simple, powerful, and 
> > elegant just like R. As soon as the binary that works with 2.1 is 
> > released I'll use it exclusively on Linux and Windows. I'm 
> deeply impressed.
> I have not tried JGR but regarding your three adjective 
> describing R, R is very powerful but I am not sure I would 
> characterize it as simple and elegant -- complex and 
> practical seem nearer to the mark to me.
> Some parts of R may be simple and elegant but when I think of 
> simple and elegant languages I think of ones that are 
> organized around a
> single concept like APL (arrays), Smalltalk (objects), etc.   
> The underlying
> Lisp roots of R may have a certain simplicity to them and S3 
> (though not
> S4) is relatively simple but not R as a whole.  On the other 
> hand, the fact that it is practical, powerful and free with a 
> broad set of builtin and addon functionality and has become a 
> de facto standard for statistical research have been 
> sufficient reason for me to do all my computing using R.
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