Re: [R] Using R in a university course: dealing with proposal comments

From: Paul Gilbert <>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:32:58 -0500

Stas Kolenikov wrote:
> ...
> Training researchers of tomorrow might be great, but ifyour students get on
> the market in the end of the semester, they won't have the luxury of waiting
> until R becomes THE package of choice.
Not being a teacher, I usually follow these discussions with a bit of amusement and some befuddlement. We hire young people hoping they will bring in bright new ideas from academia, and academics are training the students based on what they think are the old things we use. Fortunately, R is already one of the packages of choice many places.

Another point that needs more emphasis is that R is actually a programming language, like Matlab and and APL, so it really has more general usefulness than "statistics packages" that one might use in the narrower context of a statistics course.

Paul Gilbert

La version franšaise suit le texte anglais.

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