Re: [R] [OT] A free (as in freedom) replacement for StatTransfer

From: Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz_at_comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2007 10:29:15 -0600

On Sat, 2007-12-08 at 12:24 +0100, Luca Braglia wrote:
> Hello *
>
> does anybody know a free (as in freedom) equivalent for Stat
> Transfer
>
> http://stattransfer.com/
>
> Thank you
> Bye

The answer is: it depends.

If you are looking for a single free open source application that covers all of the formats that StatTransfer supports, then no.

However, many of the formats (at least in terms of being able to read them) are supported by one or more components within R, either via the base and recommended packages or via CRAN add-ons. Much of this is covered in the R Data Import/Export manual.

Perhaps the most notable format that is lacking is the SAS proprietary format (not the Transport format), which is not openly published and to my knowledge, has not been independently reverse engineered.

Any of the commercial products that support that format, with the possible exception of the SAS System Viewer (which is not open source, but is free from SAS), will be closed source and will have to be purchased. The non-SAS product vendors will have likely paid a licensing fee to SAS for the technical details of the format, which they would need to recover via customers paying for their product. They will also have likely signed NDA's to prevent them from disclosing the relevant source code and related materials that describe the format.

If there is specific functionality that you are looking for, let us know and we can provide more targeted guidance.

HTH, Marc Schwartz



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