Re: [R] Pros and Cons of R

From: Spencer Graves <spencer.graves_at_pdf.com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 11:48:26 -0700

GREGOR Brian J wrote:
> Monica, here are some other Pros to consider about R:
>
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> 2) R facilitates documentation and replication.
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      When I finally made the effort to learn how to make R packages, I experienced a substantial increase in my productivity. Before I start coding a new functions, I now write a help page including test cases in the "examples". Each function is part of a package. After the code is complete, I "check" (and "build" and "install") the package. If a change to function "A" breaks something in function"B", this usually exposes it fairly quickly. On average, I get working code much faster than I did previously. Moreover, when I'm done, I have (almost for free) a package that is reasonably well documented that I can easily share with others.

      This may not belong in a discussion to a group of people who may not develop new statistical procedures, but I believe it can help almost anyone who develops a procedure that will likely be used more than once or twice.

      Spencer

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