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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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st: RE: open source |

Date |
Mon, 6 Sep 2004 15:00:40 +0100 |

Well, I doubt that StataCorp would want to make claims that just aren't true, or that could be seen as seriously misleading. The executable, and the underlying C code, of Stata are emphatically not open source, and they are likely to remain proprietary for the foreseeable future, and the unforeseeable future too. It is of course correct that user-written ado files are in a fairly strong sense open source, although fairly useless without the executable. Also, StataCorp-written ado files are in a very weak sense also open source, but only because they are visible. If someone were to write a new open source executable that ran Stata programs, then there would be an interesting situation! I know this was done once in the case of S-Plus and R, but my own guess is that this is unlikely to be repeated. R is a wonderful thing, no doubt about it, but the differences are every bit as important as the similarities. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > -----Original Message----- > From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of David Airey > Sent: 06 September 2004 14:44 > To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > Subject: st: open source > > > I was at a talk given by a Stata user the other week, and he > mentioned > the open source stance of Stata to an audience member, since that > audience member is the new chair of biostatistics, and he's an ardent > fan of R. I'm not sure the audience member blinked at all. > > R gets a lot of attention from potential users by being on the open > source bandwagon. Why does the Stata Web site not include > this phrase, > "open source", prominently, or make the comparison with what Stata is > and is not in terms of open source more explicit? I did not do an > exhaustive search. In many ways, much of Stata is open source, or > provides the same utility/flexibility. > > For the record, I try to learn both Stata and R. I don't know other > packages, and I barely have enough time for a little more than a > superficial grasp of either. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: RE: open source***From:*Mark Schaffer <M.E.Schaffer@hw.ac.uk>

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