Re: [R] Reasons to Use R

From: Lorenzo Isella <>
Date: Fri 06 Apr 2007 - 07:48:21 GMT

John Kane wrote:
> --- Lorenzo Isella <> wrote:
>> (4)finally, a list of the advantages for using R
>> over commercial
>> statistical packages. The money-saving in itself is
>> not a reason good
>> enough and some people are scared by the lack of
>> professional support,
>> though this mailing list is simply wonderful.
> Given that I can do as much if not more with R (in
> most cases) than with commercial software, as an
> independent consultant, 'cost' is a very significant
> factor.
> A very major advantage of R is the money-saving. Have
> a look at
> and convince me that cost ( for an independent
> contractor) is not a good reason.
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No doubt that for an independent contractor money is a significant issue, but we are talking about the case of a large organization for which spending a few thousand euros on software is routine. To avoid misunderstandings: I am myself an R user and I have no intention to pay a cent for statistical software, but in order to speak up for R vs any commercial software for data analysis and postprocessing, I need technical details (benchmarks, etc...) rather than the fact that it helps saving money. Kind Regards

Lorenzo mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Fri Apr 06 18:09:28 2007

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