[R] Inefficiency of SAS Programming

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 14:26:07 CET 2009

If you want to write Sweave reports you have to learn latex and
R does not hide that from you.

This situation is somewhat better for tcltk, especially if you
use one of the higher level wrapper packages that use it, but for
serious work directly with it you need tcl/tk materials.

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 6:57 AM, Thomas Levine <thomas.levine at gmail.com> wrote:
> R depends on all of those things to run, but you only have to use those
> programs through R. The software depends on these other tools, but the human
> doesn't have to switch interfaces.
> Tom!
> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 9:22 PM, Gabor Grothendieck
> <ggrothendieck at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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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