[R] Inefficiency of SAS Programming

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sat Feb 28 03:22:06 CET 2009

On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 8:53 AM, Frank E Harrell Jr
<f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu> wrote:
> Ajay ohri wrote:
>> Sometimes for the sake of simplicity, SAS coding is created like that. One
>> can use the concatenate function and drag and drop in an simple excel sheet
>> for creating elaborate SAS code like the one mentioned and without any time
>> at all.
> A system that requires Excel for its success is not a complete system.

To be fair R depends on perl (although this dependence seems to be decreasing
lately and possibly will be eliminated), latex and a bunch of unix
tools.  Developing
GUIs depends on tcl/tk or other external system and developing fast code
can require that some of it be written in C.

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