[R] R for chemistry

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Thu Sep 4 19:42:17 CEST 2014

On Thu, 4 Sep 2014, Basilius Sapientia wrote:

> So I have choosen R. But was that a good choice?


   Yes. For data analyses. While you could use R as a general programming
language, but others are better suited.

> Do you think I could get threw my study with R as my only programming
> language (combined with C++) and as my only mathematic "calculator". Is it
> an alternative to MatLab? Or is R just for statistics?

   Take a close look at Python. It has extensive scientific support (NumPy,
SciPy, Pandas, etc.) and can do what MatLab does (so does the open-source
Octave, by the way). It's also used for general progamming; for example, the
Mailman mailing list manager is written in python. I moved from C to Python
a number of years ago and have no regrets.


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