[R] RH5.2 bundle

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 11:08:13 +0000 (GMT)

[I've changed my followup here as some of this is slightly sensitive.]

On Tue, 12 Jan 1999, John Logsdon wrote:

> The web is a very useful device - we can live for ages on the
> laser-printouts but even with a binder, these are not as convenient as a
> real book with examples.  I have in mind the excellent manual for GLIM
> (although rather big) which comes with the (commercial) product but is
> much more than a user manual. Robert and Ross's R Notes, Kurt's FAQ and
> others could form a basis.  The V&R notes, V&S on S(R) could be added and
> some extensive examples such as from Jim Lindsey's repeated measures
> library. I know code modification is seductive but there comes a time in
> any job where the Report just has to be written!

We have discussed an R version of the V&R book (don't know about `V&R
notes' etc -- did that mean our R complements) or including R in the base
version. At least for now it is not thought commercially viable, and there
is also the question of how this would be seen by MathSoft. Volume 1 of the
Third Edition of V&R will run on R virtually unchanged (a large number of
data() statements needed) where the capabilities exist in R (e.g. no nlme,
nls arima.mle etc, yet), and that is due out in July. We plan that Volume 2
will discuss R as one of several `S engines'.

A book about R would be great, but don't understimate the on-going effort
required: keeping our `R complements' current takes an appreciable amount
of time.


Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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