[R] Are you experienced in SAS and R as well? Which of these would you recommend?

Frank E Harrell Jr fharrell at virginia.edu
Fri Nov 23 14:40:26 CET 2001

SAS is far behind R and S-Plus in statistical modeling, exploratory data analysis, and graphics.  You might want to look at my comparison of SAS and S-Plus in http://hesweb1.med.virginia.edu/biostat/s/doc/splus.pdf chapter 1.

See other sections of that text to become convinced that the S language is also superior to SAS for data manipulation (recoding variables, etc.).  SAS is superior for handling very large datasets.

Frank Harrell

On Fri, 23 Nov 2001 12:31:47 +0100
Michael Reinecke <mreineck at uos.de> wrote:

> Hello!
> Disapointed about SPSS I have to choose another statistic program. And altough I sympathise with the idea of a non-commercial software-project like R and I like the spirit of the R community (and of course I am not keen on paying 150$ to SAS for a one-year students license), I will probably buy SAS, because people I will work with use SAS and I want a close cooperation with them. Besides I guess that SAS is still much more powerful than SAS.
> But: can t you convince me to choose R? I would appreciate that very much, because my sympathy is with the r-project. Maybe the syntax of both programs is quite similar, so I will still be able to exchange a lot of experience with my SAS-using future collegues!? Or I could even convince the newcomers to swap to R!?
> If you know some arguments, I should consider for my decission, I am looking forward to hear (or read) of you!
> Michael
> Michael Reinecke
> Turnerstr. 3a
> 49076 Osnabrck
> Germany
> Tel: +49-541-64147
> mreineck at uos.de

Frank E Harrell Jr              Prof. of Biostatistics & Statistics
Div. of Biostatistics & Epidem. Dept. of Health Evaluation Sciences
U. Virginia School of Medicine  http://hesweb1.med.virginia.edu/biostat
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