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Statistical Programming with R, part 1
David Mertz and Brad Huntting, 0 , (Paper URL)
Tuesday, November 2, 2004

This is a nice introduction to R, an open source statistical programming language in the S/S-PLUS family. The authors briefly describe R's history and availability and then demonstrate basic R statistical facilities.

Like Perl, R provides more than one way to do things. Like Scheme or Lisp, R can be used interactively and via scripts and programs. I've heard that R was influenced by scheme but the examples given don't shed any light on this. R looks nice but I'd rather have something that was fully integrated with my Lisp environment. A long time ago, EKSL was responsible for CLASP, the Common Lisp Analytical Statistical Package. It's been underfunded recently and has been accumulated a severe maintenance debt. Still, I'm hopeful that we'll find the time and energy to update it. Before we do, I'll certainly take a closer look at R to see what commonalities and synergy can be found!


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