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Re: [vox] [fwd] R (programming language) Bay Area Users Group

On Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:23:02PM -0800, Don Armstrong wrote:

> On Sun, 22 Feb 2009, Norm Matloff wrote:

> > Ironically, the single-letter nature of R's name makes it hard to
> > Google things. 
> That's why I suggested using cran as a search term instead of R when
> you find irrelevant results using R.

Ah, good point, I missed that.

> > The R documentation is also poor, in my opinion.
> It certainly could be improved, but it's still fairly good. The main
> issue I've found is that some of the more complex methods of invoking
> functions like expression, call, eval, and subsitute don't have enough
> examples, and it'd be nice to have more documentation of the ways in
> which arguments are processed in R.

Right, very little in the way of "Well, where is this useful?"
> > I wasn't a big fan of R when I first started using it some years
> > ago, but now I find it indispensable, and in fact I'm writing a book
> > on R programming. It's an excellent language for data manipulation
> > and data graphics.
> Yeah, it's pretty much the only way to go if you're dealing with data
> sets and doing any kind of statistical analysis on them. [I should

R has become the standard among professional statisticians, very
impressive for an open-source product.

> point out too, that people using R should check out Sweave,[1] which
> enables you to embed R code (and its output) into LaTeX.]

Yes, a very nice feature.

> > I have an introduction to R at
> > http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/~matloff/R/RProg.pdf
> [I'd note as well that your text doesn't spend much time dealing with
> some of the less trivial, but more useful aspects of coding in R, like
> grid graphics, argument handling, object methods, etc.]

The above is just an introduction.  My book will go into far more
detail.  If you have any favorite topics you think should be in there,
please let me know.

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