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Re: st: AW: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...

From   Nick Winter <>
Subject   Re: st: AW: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...
Date   Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:37:46 -0400

At the risk of provoking flames - can someone articulate the reason *for* citing the statistical software used in a book or article, especially in the case where only very standard statistical tools are used? We don't, for example, generally cite the word processor, citation management software, and other computer tools used in the course of our research....

- Nick Winter

On 6/21/2010 7:16 PM, Neil Shephard wrote:
On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 9:10 PM, Muenchen, Robert A (Bob)
<> wrote:
That would be great if people used the standard citations. Some fields
routinely don't mention software used and oddly enough articles in the R
Journal do not cite R, as it's assumed that's what they're about.
Someone on the R list found the standard citation misspelled a bunch of
ways. Maddening!

Yep, I realise the limitations, but it was another angle that hadn't
been mentioned.

Personally I will endeavour to ensure that Stata, R or any other
software is correctly cited in any papers/work that I'm involved in.


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