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Re: st: R for Stata Users

From   "Airey, David C" <david.airey@Vanderbilt.Edu>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: R for Stata Users
Date   Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:35:16 -0600


Agreed. R is documented that way on purpose according to other R docs. It's the recommended style. But it would be helpful if they had a "verbose" option in their dynamically created help files, like with the Stata online help versus PDF manual help! God I love how fast I can get to helpful help in Stata. Yes, sometimes R has good vignettes, but not enough.

All major statistical software environments are getting explicit with links to R functionality it seems. JMP (SAS) is building in R functionality to version 9 and SPSS 18  already does. I tried Roger Newson's SSC package to run R in Stata a while ago, and it worked fine. But linking to R is not the problem as Stas points out. You have to soak yourself in R head to toe until you are positively inebriated or pickled, is my guess.

> Well, as pretty much of R documentation, it gives the minimal amount of
> information. [...] -Stas

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