Re: R-alpha: R 0.12 alpha: problem with qt()

Bill Venables (bill@stats.ox.ac.uk)
Wed, 6 Nov 1996 18:05:15 GMT


Date: Wed, 6 Nov 1996 18:05:15 GMT
Message-Id: <199611061805.SAA16142@brunhilde.stats>
From: Bill Venables <bill@stats.ox.ac.uk>
To: pd@kubism.ku.dk
Subject: Re: R-alpha: R 0.12 alpha: problem with qt()

OK this is a side issue, but I can't help myself.

Peter Dalgaard wrote:

 >   Re. packages, I agree that it's a bit premature. Not so much
 >   that we're not out of alpha yet, but as long as we still
 >   find bugs like the t.test confidence interval booboo, we
 >   probably shouldn't encourage too many of the clueless to use
 >   it for real data analysis.

No package is ever safe for "real data analysis" to be done by
the "clueless", Peter.  The great problem we face in statistics
is the widespread and pernicious belief that data analysis
nowdays is merely a matter of using good software and pressing
the right buttons.

Bill Venables.

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