R-beta: Teach material for R

Kenneth Nordstrom (nordstro@noppa.helsinki.fi)
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 17:43:11 +0200 (EET)

From: Kenneth Nordstrom <nordstro@noppa.helsinki.fi>
Message-Id: <199803261543.RAA26167@noppa.Helsinki.FI>
Subject: R-beta: Teach material for R
To: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 17:43:11 +0200 (EET)


I'm a newbie in R, but have nevertheless gone out on a limb and used
R this spring for teaching our stats students "modern data-analysis".
I've been using RNotes, but to get some more (statistical) meat on the
bones, I've complemented it with material from Venables-Ripley. Most
of the V-R stuff (that I've tried) seems to work out of the box. 

Q-1: Is this generally the case (except for obvious differences with S+ like
     3-dim graphics)? If yes, why is it necessary to port MASS if you can
     source the files on their diskette? Anyone tried this, or used other
     material for teaching data-analysis with R a la V-R?

Q-2: How does R compare with XploRe? The latter seems to have the advantage
     that more macros/functions are already written, it has a nice 
     graphical user interface (a consideration when teaching) as well as 3-dim
     graphics (also dynamical). Has anyone compared these in terms of 
     capabilities as programming languages? (Note that you can get XploRe for 
     LINUX for free and without expiry date!)

Many thanks for any replies,

Kenneth Nordström
Stats/Univ of Helsinki
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