[R] Reasons to Use R

Joel J. Adamson jadamson at PARTNERS.ORG
Thu Apr 5 19:18:55 CEST 2007

Lorenzo Isella writes:

 > (4)finally, a list of the advantages for using R over commercial
 > statistical packages.

Here's my entry on the list, as this was a topic of conversation over
lunch: it's better than the proprietary statistical software I use
most of the time.  By better I mean that the language is consistent,
the features are all well-documented and none of it appears to have
been rushed out onto the market.  The proprietary software that I use
most of the time at work seems hurriedly cobbled together and R (nor LaTeX nor
Emacs nor Linux nor...) doesn't give me that feeling.

 > The money-saving in itself is not a reason good
 > enough

Interesting ;)  I know what you mean -- it may even make them

Joel J. Adamson
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Massachusetts General Hospital
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