[R] commercial packages

Richard Rowe Richard.Rowe at jcu.edu.au
Sat Feb 24 00:32:51 CET 2001

At 07:47 17/02/01 -0800, Patrick Foley wrote:

>Here is some insight into the commercial value of ordination programs
>including canonical correspondence analysis. And it shows why a graduate
>student (working on bird distributions along a riparian gradient) at
>CSUS came to me hoping to find something less costly.

Actually I have more than a sneaking regard for PC-Ord. Bruce McCune turned 
out a very worthwhile, and at the time infinitely cheaper, package than was 
otherwise on the market.  Haven't got the original docs but the 1991 
version was with public domain programs freely copyable and a copyright 
manual with permission to distribute but not for profit.  At a time when 
others were demanding ~$500-1000 for distributing buggy versions of 
packages developed under public funding!

He was an original and never got due credit ...

Richard Rowe

Richard Rowe
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Department of Zoology and Tropical Ecology, James Cook University
Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
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phone (61)7 47 81 4851
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