[R] R vs octave development strategy (and success)

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 19:56:25 CET 2013

This is from the other perspective


I can’t spot any direct comparison (and there is no mention of R in the references), but I recall the ideas contrasting the two projects being bandied about at the time. That discussion is likely what is echoed in the Fox paper. John Eaton was running out of steam at the time and the paper is not making a secret of it. 


On 29 Oct 2013, at 18:32 , David Carlson <dcarlson at tamu.edu> wrote:

> This covers the topic you mention, but from the perspective of
> the role of the R Core team. The point about Octave is a single
> sentence/footnote:
> Fox, John. 2009. Aspects of the Social Organization and
> Trajectory of the R Project. The R Journal 1/2: 5-13.
> http://rjournal.github.io/archive/2009-2/RJournal_2009-2_Fox.pdf
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> Subject: [R] R vs octave development strategy (and success)
> Hi All,
> if memory serves me well I recall some paper comparing the
> relative success in getting mainstream acceptance (as mainstream
> as statistics can be) of both R and Octave.  I remember vaguely
> that the fact the development strategies (core team vs one main
> developer) played a major role in the relative success of the
> two programs.  I tried to find this paper, but my goggle skills
> are failing me.  Would anyone know where to find it?
> Best
> F
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