[R] How to prove R as good (Was: (no subject))

Spencer Graves spencer.graves at pdf.com
Wed May 4 04:06:19 CEST 2005

	  Did you try to Google for R vs. your favorite alternative?  I just 
got 740 hits from Google for "R vs. SAS" and 82 from www.r-project.org 
-> search -> R site search.  This has been discussed on this list 
several times, and many benchmarks have been published.  If you don't 
find what you want fairly quickly, read the posting guide and ask a more 
specific question.  The benchmarks I've seen have rated R quite high.

	  Each commercial package may be able to claim that it is better for 
some particular purpose, e.g., SAS and the latest release of S-Plus with 
large data bases.  Minitab, SPSS, JMP and others may have an easier to 
use graphical user interface for naive users, although even that 
superiority is being challenged.

	  R has been changing and improving so fast that it is difficult for 
any of the commercial alternatives to keep up.  There are several 
reasons for this.  First,  R is easily extended.  Second, the R 
Foundatation for Statistical Computing has provided a supportive 
organizational framework that makes it easy for people to share.  Third, 
there are hundreds and perhaps thousands of competent professionals the 
world over who have been frustrated in the past by the steep price of 
commercial software for many things, and R provides a shockingly easy 
and open alternative that helps people share their latest developments 
with the entire world in a way that replaces that frustration with the 
pride of contributing to something incredibly useful.

	  Best Wishes,
	  spencer graves

Kjetil Brinchmann Halvorsen wrote:

> rene.raupp wrote:
>> Does anybory knows any work comparing R with other (charged) 
>> statistical softwares (like Minitab, SPSS, SAS)?
>> I work in a brasilian government bureau and I intend to use R as our 
>> preferable statistical software, but I have to show it's as good as 
>> the others.
> Sorry. That will be difficult. Could'nt it do to prove it is better?
> Kjetil
>> I also intend to use Weka, and for this one I have the same problem.
>> Can anyone help me?
>> Thanks
>> René M. Raupp
>> e-mail: rener at mpdft.gov.br
>>        rene.raupp at terra.com.br
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