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

Roger D. Peng rpeng at stat.ucla.edu
Wed May 28 02:11:00 CEST 2003

My experience with Matlab users is that they perfer Matlab because of 
the various toolkits that are available (image processing comes to 
mind).  With respect to standard linear algebra my guess is that Octave, 
Matlab, and R are comparable.  A guess, though....


Murray Jorgensen wrote:
> A colleague pointed me to this article advocating R as a Matlab 
> substitute. Here is the link (deliberately on two lines:
> http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/
> originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci902076,00.html
> 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 
> speed?
> Cheers,
> Murray

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