[R] R annoyances

François Pinard pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Fri May 20 17:14:14 CEST 2005

[Barry Rowlingson]

> Even my great dream that R and Python eventually merge into the same
> language?  R gets Python's syntax and Object-oriented functions and
> Python gets access to all R's statistical functions?

R is more than a statistical library.  I'm coming to R with a strong
Python background, and first thought I would mainly use R through
Python.  But soon, the R language revealed a few interesting features
that Python does not offer, and which are very appropriate in R context.

For example, vectorisation is built-in (yet available on the Python
side through Numeric or Numarray extensions).  R also holds interesting
(useful and flexible) ideas about argument passing and matching, lazy
evaluation, and environments.  And surely other things as well.

François Pinard   http://pinard.progiciels-bpi.ca

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