[R] Re: S-plus book

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Mar 15 16:35:39 CET 2002

On 15 Mar 2002, Stuart Luppescu wrote:

> On 金, 2002-03-15 at 01:52, Ott Toomet wrote:
> > On Thu, 14 Mar 2002, Francisco J Molina wrote:
> >
> >   |I would like to know if a book on S-plus could help me to learn R.
> >
> > As mentioned, MASS (modern applied statistics with S-plus) is a classical
> > book for R.  You should only be aware that
> >
> > - the book do not mention R at all

R was a lot less usable in 1998 when that edition was written.  Even then
there were `R Complements', but we judged R to be moving too fast to write
in.  (That's still a worry, but it's no longer a beta product.)

> [snip]
> Didn't I hear a rumor that the 4th edition will mention R- and
> S-specific differences.

The fourth edition is to be called `Modern Applied Statistics with S' and
does try to mention R differences where they exist (and many fewer exist
than used to) and we know/remember about them.
http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/MASS4/ has some details.

> (I assume in the same way as _S Programming_,
> also by V & R)? Now, what am I going to do with my copies of the 1st and
> 3rd editions?

You mean to say they are not falling apart from overuse ....

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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