Re: [R] Interesting remarks about R back in 1999

From: francogrex <>
Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2008 00:28:51 -0800 (PST)

Hi, yes it's true Mathematica is too expensive (I think one of the most expensive out there), but yacas has a loooong way to go before becoming mathematica. I agree mathematica is not really for data analysis but I think it's to help researchers and inventors invent new ideas, understand concepts etc... However for that there is a "cheaper" alternative made out of three components: a pen, a paper and a human brain. The Rlink was available for free at some point; now it's not even there anymore!

Spencer Graves wrote:
> Many people love Mathematica, but it's strength is symbolic
> mathematics, not data analysis. ..(snipped)
> ...(snipped) Today, if I wanted symbolic mathematics, I might try Yacas
> ( -- and the Ryacas package).
> Mathematica is probably superior to Yacas, but I'd have to be convinced
> that the difference was sufficient to justify the extra
> expense...(snipped)

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