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RE: st: R for Stata Users


From   "Cohen, Elan" <cohened@upmc.edu>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: R for Stata Users
Date   Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:01:36 -0500

> knowledge stops. I am still lost at the differences between 
> lists, data
> frames, matrices and whatever other objects R might have

http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-intro.html#Arrays-and-matrices 
http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-intro.html#Lists-and-data-frames


Having been an R user for about 10 years (mostly as a student), I've always considered it more of a "programming language" than a pure statistical package.  For instance, teaching an intro statistics course to non-technical students using R is a nightmare.  But it was perfect for thesis work.  I also use it often for parsing text (having never learned perl).

This is the line I give people regarding R:  It's easy to do difficult things but hard to do simple things.

- Elan

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