[R] Considering port of SAS application to R

bogdan romocea br44114 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 21 14:58:47 CEST 2006

Forget about R for now and port the application to MySQL/PostgreSQL
etc, it is possible and worthwhile. In case you happen to use (and
really need) some SAS DATA STEP looping features you might be forced
to look into SQL cursors, otherwise the port should be (very)

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> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Werner
> Wernersen
> Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 7:09 AM
> To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R] Considering port of SAS application to R
> Hi there!
> I am considering to port a SAS application to R and I would
> like to hear your opinion if you think this is possible and
> worthwhile. SAS is mainly used to do data management and then
> to do some aggregations and simple computations on the data
> and to output a modified data set. The main problem I see is
> the size of the data file. As I have no access to SAS yet I
> cannot give real details but the SAS data file is about 7
> gigabytes large. (It's only the basic SAS system without any
> additional modules)
> What do you think, would a port to R be possible with
> reasonable effort? Is R able to handle that size of data? Or
> is R prepared to work together with some database system?
> Thanks for your thoughts!
> Best regards,
>   Werner
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