Re: [R] Can't there be a cd command?

From: Robert Citek <rwcitek_at_alum.calberkeley.org>
Date: Thu 11 May 2006 - 10:19:02 EST

On May 10, 2006, at 3:37 PM, Greg Snow wrote:
> R is a 4-wheel drive SUV (though environmentally friendly) with a
> bike on the back, a kayak on top, good walking and running shoes in
> the pasenger seat, and mountain climbing and spelunking gear in the
> back.

But mapping R to a SUV makes R sound too much like a car, which many people know how to drive. That is, someone who knows how to drive a car pretty much knows how to drive an SUV. The SUV analogy implies that someone who knows another computer languages, e.g C, perl, VB, Java, SQL, would be able to use R. Unfortunately, that is in all likelihood not the case. R has a rather specialized syntax it uses to manipulate data. It's not like C or perl or VB or Java or SQL. So, knowing those languages helps a little but not much.

Because of that, I would say R is more like a helicopter, a HUEY perhaps.

Regards,
- Robert
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