John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Wed Dec 22 17:53:27 CET 2004

Dear Rob,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-sig-gui-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:r-sig-gui-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Rob Lambkin
> Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 8:55 AM
> To: r-sig-gui at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R-gui] SIMPLE GUI
> Hi
> I am pretty new to R and much of the discussion in this group 
> is way over my head. I am a researcher not a statistician or 
> programmer.
> I wonder if you guys could help though, I currently use SPSS, 
> but would like to consider R.
> Is there a simple GUI that has most of the basic functions available?

You might take a look at the Rcmdr package, which provides a
basic-statistics GUI for R, but it provides access to only a small fraction
of what's available in R.

> How convertible is SPSS syntax to R?

Not at all. R implements the S language.

> What is the best way to make a custom GUI for R, which would 
> run certain syntaxes (e.g., calc the mean of variable X) from 
> a drop down menu interface.

At present, the easiest route is probably via the tcltk package. That, for
example, is what the Rcmdr package uses.

I hope this helps,

> Thanks for your help in advance
> Rob
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