[R] The Wrong Choice: Locked in by license restrictions

Murray Jorgensen maj at stats.waikato.ac.nz
Wed May 28 01:15:36 CEST 2003

A colleague pointed me to this article advocating R as a Matlab 
substitute. Here is the link (deliberately on two lines:


I'm not a Matlab user, but I understand that it provides a nice front 
end to the Linpack collection of numerical linear algebra routines. My 
friend and I wonder if R can really compete in that league. Does anyone 
know if there are published benchmark comparisons between R and other 
packages like Matlab with the focus on numerical stability rather than 



Dr Murray Jorgensen      http://www.stats.waikato.ac.nz/Staff/maj.html
Department of Statistics, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
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