[R] R routines vs. MATLAB/SPSS Routines

Patrick Burns pburns at pburns.seanet.com
Wed Oct 3 10:30:47 CEST 2007

I don't think it is so much that the R routines
work faster/more efficiently/more accurately
but that the user works faster/more efficiently/
more accurately.

Patrick Burns
patrick at burns-stat.com
+44 (0)20 8525 0696
(home of S Poetry and "A Guide for the Unwilling S User")

Matthew Dubins wrote:

>Hi all,
>I've become quite enamored of R lately, and have decided to try to teach 
>some of its basics (reading in data, manipulation and classical stats 
>analyses) to my fellow grad students at the University of Toronto.  I 
>sent out a mass email and have already received some positive 
>responses.  One student, however, wanted to know what differentiates the 
>routines that R uses, from those that MATLAB and SPSS use.  In other 
>words, in what respects do R routines work faster/more efficiently/more 
>accurately than those of MATLAB/SPSS. 
>I thank you in advance for any answer you can give me (or rather, the 
>inquiring student).
>Matthew Dubins
>R-help at r-project.org mailing list
>PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
>and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.

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