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

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Fri Nov 23 18:08:29 CET 2001

>>>>> "DB" == Douglas Bates <bates at stat.wisc.edu> writes:

    DB> I have enjoyed reading this discussion of SAS and R.  I would
    DB> add two points regarding SAS.

    DB> - At a conference this summer I attended a presentation by a
    DB> person from SAS Institute on "What's coming in SAS version
    DB> 9?".  (Many of you may know that SAS uses odd numbers for beta
    DB> test versions and even numbers for production releases so
    DB> version 9 is the beta for the production release 10.0).  The
    DB> main enhancements in version 9 will be in graphics and choice
    DB> of graphical presentation.  The speaker explicitly said that
    DB> this meant you wouldn't have to have both SAS for the analysis
    DB> and S-PLUS for the graphics.  Apparently SAS Institute views
    DB> the strengths of the S language as being in the area of
    DB> graphics.  Perhaps it is not surprising that they don't think
    DB> of flexibility of analysis as an advantage of the S language.

Actually, a colleague just converted "to SAS" (from S-PLUS) based on
the strengths of IML :-).

Another interesting thing about SAS is that they've invarably done a
great done prototyping with new WWW technologies (not that they've
done it in a sensible manner, IMHO, but they've done so, similar to
Stata Corp).


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