[R] A comment about R:

Jonathan Baron baron at psych.upenn.edu
Sun Jan 1 16:10:43 CET 2006

On 01/01/06 15:36, Kjetil Halvorsen wrote:
> Readers of this list might be interested in the following commenta about R.
> In a recent report, by Michael N. Mitchell
> http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/technicalreports/
> says about R: ...

Just a warning to others.  If you go to the site, it asks for
comments, but if you then ask for the LaTeX style file that is
required for sending comments, you get a message saying that the
service does not deal with those outside of UCLA.

Of course I think this is wrong wrong wrong.  It makes some
assumptions about "statisticians" being the ones who use
statistics programs.  But there are some researchers who like to
think of themselves as empirical scientists and who do not have
the kinds of humongous grants required to hire people to do
everything except write grant proposals.  People in these fields
often even do their own data analysis!  Moreover, unlike
statisticians (who consult with a great variety of researchers),
they usually do the same few types of analysis over and over, so
the learning time becomes relatively small, and the other
advantages of R become more compelling.  But I will try
eventually to say this as a comment on the paper itself.

Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Home page: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~baron

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