[R] Excel (off-topic, sort of)

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Thu Aug 30 16:43:12 CEST 2007

On Wed, 29 Aug 2007, Alberto Monteiro wrote:
> Do you know what's in my wish list?
> I wish spreadsheets and computer languages had gone one
> step further.
> I mean, it's nice to define Cell X to be "equal" to
> Cell Y + 10, and then when we change Cell Y, magically we
> see Cell X change.
> But why can't it be the reverse? Why can't I change Cell X
> _and see the change in Cell Y_?

Well, most statistical calculations are data-reducing, ie, many-to-one.

I don't think you are likely to find a language where you can change the 
confidence limits for the sample mean and have the data change in 


Thomas Lumley			Assoc. Professor, Biostatistics
tlumley at u.washington.edu	University of Washington, Seattle

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