[R] Use of R in clinical trials

Christopher W. Ryan cryan at binghamton.edu
Thu Feb 18 23:26:11 CET 2010

Anyone have any recollection of Prophet software, from the National (US) 
Center for Research Resources?


Christopher W. Ryan, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus at Binghamton
425 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY  13904

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divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the 
vast and endless sea."  [Antoine de St. Exupery]

Marc Schwartz wrote:
> On Feb 18, 2010, at 3:50 PM, Nordlund, Dan (DSHS/RDA) wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On
>>> Behalf Of Peter Dalgaard
>>> Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:44 PM
>>> To: Douglas Bates
>>> Cc: r-help at r-project.org; Bert Gunter
>>> Subject: Re: [R] Use of R in clinical trials
>>>>> (Corrections/additional information welcome!)
>>>> My recollection is that the BMD programs (which, in a later version,
>>>> became BMDP) predated SAS and were specifically for BioMeDical
>>>> analysis.
>>> How could I forget those! Yes, my old (as in 1980-1985) boss at the
>>> University hospital even had the manual in the office. It wasn't a
>>> statistical system though, more a suite of single-purpose computer
>>> programs with a rigid control-card specification format.
>>> BTW, they were apparently put in the public domain by UCLA, but I wonder
>>> where they went?
>> I believe BMDP was bought by SPSS around 1996.  SPSS also purchased Systat in that same time period I believe.
>> Dan
> Statistical Solutions has BMDP, along with NCSS and nQuery, etc:
>   http://www.statsol.ie/index.php?pageID=6
> I was going to reference BMDP from my memories of some folks that used it back in the 80's, but was away at a meeting and then I noted Doug's reference to it.
> SPSS sold Systat to a group in India (Cranes Software) , which then re-constituted Systat Software:
>   http://www.systat.com/
> StatView was another of those early programs dating from the mid-to-late 80's that went through various incarnations, was eventually bought by SAS, which then shut it down in favor of JMP.
> Regards,
> Marc Schwartz
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