Re: [R] Spedd: R vs S-plus

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From: A.J. Rossini (rossini@blindglobe.net)
Date: Sat 21 Jun 2003 - 01:16:24 EST


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(Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding@nessie.mcc.ac.uk> writes:

> My instincts say that "WIndows" is probably a significant
> factor in the comnparison, but still ...
>
> Ideally, to compare R with S-plus, one should look at them
> both on the same OS (Unix or Windows) on the same machine.
>
> Can anyone give me clean comparative speeds?

It's not that simple! Anecdotal evidence has constructed a few
scenarios where R will run, but S-PLUS won't, and a few where R will
barely run, but S-plus has very few problems (problem == slowness, in
this case).

It would be critical to be a subjective Bayesian about it, since
weighting of common applications, and perhaps more importantly,
quality of code for matching up with the difference, will have a large
impact.

best,
-tony

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