[R-SIG-Mac] help: R on Mac's is "buggy", department reconsidering

Michael Kubovy kubovy at virginia.edu
Tue Feb 5 06:26:10 CET 2008

On Jan 31, 2008, at 12:42 PM, William Revelle wrote:

> Matt,
>  In addition to the comments by Kasper and Max, may I add two points:
> 1) I am delighted that another psych department is pushing R for
> undergrads and grads.  I have been doing so here with limited success.
> I have been able to get undergrads in both my research methods class
> and a more advanced class getting comfortable with it and doing some
> basic analyses.  Some of our grad students are R converts as well.
> Among the faculty, however, it is much slower going.
> 2) Running R 2.6.1 with Mac 10.4+ or 10.5.1  on Intel and G4/G5s  and
> the Mac Gui I have almost no crashes of R.  Running 2.7.0
> (development, unstable) I have just a few.

(1) Here at UVa at least three faculty members and their grad students  
use R exclusively. Both graduate stats classes and the grad cognitive  
research methods class are taught  in R.

(2) On the matter of crashes: R is very stable on my Mac:

Hardware Overview:
   Model Name:	Mac Pro
   Model Identifier:	MacPro1,1
   Processor Name:	Dual-Core Intel Xeon
System Software Overview:
   System Version:	Mac OS X 10.5.1 (9B18)
   Kernel Version:	Darwin 9.1.0

R version 2.6.1 (2007-11-26)

Using the JGR GUI.
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