[R] A comment about R:

David Forrest drf5n at maplepark.com
Tue Jan 3 21:15:43 CET 2006

On Tue, 3 Jan 2006, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> In fact there are some things that are very easy
> to do in Stata and can be done in R but only with more difficulty.
> For example, consider this introductory session in Stata:
> http://www.stata.com/capabilities/session.html
> Looking at the first few queries,
> see how easy it is to take the top few in Stata whereas in R one would
> have a complex use of order.  Its not hard in R to write a function
> that would make it just as easy but its not available off the top
> of one's head though RSiteSearch("sort.data.frame") will find one
> if one knew what to search for.

This sort of thing points to an opportunity for documentation.  Building a
tutorial session in R on how one would do a similar analysis would provide
another method of learning R.  "An Introduction to R" is a good bottom-up
introduction, which if you work through it does teach you how to do
several things.  Adapting other tutorials or extended problems, like the
Stata session, to R would give additional entry points.  A few end-to-end
tutorials on some interesting analyses would be helpful.

Any volunteers?

 Dr. David Forrest
 drf at vims.edu                                    (804)684-7900w
 drf5n at maplepark.com                             (804)642-0662h

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