[R] R in the NY Times

Kevin E. Thorpe kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca
Wed Jan 7 15:44:20 CET 2009

Zaslavsky, Alan M. wrote:
> This article is accompanied by nice pictures of Robert and Ross.
> Data Analysts Captivated by Power of R 
> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/technology/business-computing/07program.html
> January 7, 2009 Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power By ASHLEE VANCE
> SAS says it has noticed R’s rising popularity at universities,
> despite educational discounts on its own software, but it dismisses
> the technology as being of interest to a limited set of people
> working on very hard tasks.
> “I think it addresses a niche market for high-end data analysts that
> want free, readily available code," said Anne H. Milley, director of
> technology product marketing at SAS. She adds, “We have customers who
> build engines for aircraft. I am happy they are not using freeware
> when I get on a jet.”

Thanks for posting.  Does anyone else find the statement by SAS to be 
humourous yet arrogant and short-sighted?


Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
email: kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca  Tel: 416.864.5776  Fax: 416.864.6057

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