Re: [R] History of R

From: Kevin Wright <kw.statr_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 11:00:51 -0600

Kathy,

You might find some relevant reading in volume 13 of the Journal of Statistical Software: http://www.jstatsoft.org/v13

Some of the papers have a bit of discussion on why R has become more widely used than lisp-stat.

K Wright

On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 1:53 PM, Kathy Gerber <kathy_at_virginia.edu> wrote:
> Earlier today I sent a question to Frank Harrell as an R developer with
> whom I am most familiar. He suggested also that I put my questions to
> the list for additional responses. Next month I'll be giving a talk on
> R as an example of high quality open source software. I think there is
> much to learn from R as a high quality extensible product that (at least
> as far as I can tell) has never been "spun" or "hyped" like so many open
> source fads.
>
> The question that intrigues me the most is why is R as an open source
> project is so incredibly successful and other projects, say for example,
> Octave don't enjoy that level of success?
>
> I have some ideas of course, but I would really like to know your
> thoughts when you look at R from such a vantage point.
>
> Thanks.
> Kathy Gerber
> University of Virginia
> ITC - Research Computing Support
>
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