[R] Justifying R to anti open-source management

Patrick Burns pburns at pburns.seanet.com
Wed May 17 16:39:48 CEST 2006

Not precisely what you are looking for, but perhaps


can help.

Patrick Burns
patrick at burns-stat.com
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(home of S Poetry and "A Guide for the Unwilling S User")

Peter Baker (CMIS, St Lucia) wrote:

>I apologise for this question as it really must be a FAQ. Unfortunately, 
>I can't find the answer and I'm tired of looking at endless google results
>A colleague of mine works for a state government department that has a
>policy against open source software or software tainted by open
>source. Other government departments in the same state use R but this
>particular department is driven by very non-numerate people and
>superficially at least it appears somewhat backward IT-wise.  The
>department may purchase SPlus (which may be better for non programmer
>types anyway) or SPSS but it would nice to have the option to use R
>The Q:
>Are there any documents/reports/papers out there justifying R that
>comment on
>- quality of R
>- huge range of libraries available 
>- support (via a huge and enthusiastic user base - any ideas on how
>    many people use R)
>I suspect that providing existing documents would carry more weight
>rather than writing a case from scratch or providing people's email
>Thanks in advance!

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