[R] Making a case for using R in Academia

Doran, Harold HDoran at air.org
Thu Nov 9 17:24:31 CET 2006

I would turn this on its head. The problem with social science grad
schools is that students are not expected to know R. In my org doing
psychometrics, we won't even consider an applicant if they only know

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> Charilaos Skiadas
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> As a addendum to all this, this is one of the responses I got 
> from one of my colleagues:
> "The problem with R is that our students in many social science  
> fields, are expected to know SPSS when they go to graduate school.   
> Not having a background in SPSS would put these students at a 
> disadvantage."
> Is this really the case? Does anyone have any such statistics?
> Charilaos Skiadas
> Department of Mathematics
> Hanover College
> P.O.Box 108
> Hanover, IN 47243
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