Re: [R] congratulations to the JGR developers

From: Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue 03 May 2005 - 01:06:03 EST

On 5/2/05, Andy Bunn <abunn@whrc.org> wrote:
> > Just want to offer my congratulations to the JGR developers as
> > the recepient
> > of the 2005 Chambers Award. Great job, guys!!
> > http://stats.math.uni-augsburg.de/JGR/
>
> This feels like the future of R to me. It's simple, powerful, and elegant
> just like R. As soon as the binary that works with 2.1 is released I'll use
> it exclusively on Linux and Windows. I'm deeply impressed.

I have not tried JGR but regarding your three adjective describing R, R is very powerful but I am not sure I would characterize it as simple and elegant -- complex and practical seem nearer to the mark to me. Some parts of R may be simple and elegant but when I think of simple and elegant languages I think of ones that are organized around a single concept like APL (arrays), Smalltalk (objects), etc. The underlying Lisp roots of R may have a certain simplicity to them and S3 (though not S4) is relatively simple but not R as a whole. On the other hand, the fact that it is practical, powerful and free with a broad set of builtin and addon functionality and has become a de facto standard for statistical research have been sufficient reason for me to do all my computing using R.



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