[R] Model GUI

Brett A Magill Brett.Magill at slps.org
Thu Aug 8 19:22:48 CEST 2002

Some time ago, someone pointed me to WINIDAMS, a free package for manipulation and analysis of data developed by UNESCO.  One of its features is a "modern GUI".  In light of the recent thread, I took a look at the package.  This seems like a great model upon which to craft a GUI for R.  


(If you want to take a look, you need to submit a request for the software, they will send you a link to download the software.

Features of the GUI:
* an object browser (data sets, output, "setups" (analysis code) ), everything in the working directory.
* all data analysis is batch driven  (write code and submit) and code is saved in the working directory
* interactive graphics and tables
* integrated text processor for writing and submitting code as well as cutting and pasting output / report writing
* tabs to move between open objects in the GUI window
* commands and output can easily be pasted into a report
* a collection of code "prototypes" for functions, a skeleton to get users started on an analysis.

This is not your typical point and click GUI.  One big thing that is missing is a command line interface as IDAMS is based on a very different model than R.  It is not a programming language, but a collection of statistical routines.

Brett A. Magill, Evaluator
Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
Saint Louis Public Schools

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