[Rd] new book

A.J. Rossini rossini@u.washington.edu
30 May 2001 07:55:20 -0700

>>>>> "RG" == Robert Gentleman <rgentlem@jimmy.harvard.edu> writes:

    >> I commented privately, but since this comes up, I'll comment
    >> again: if you know your way around genetic programs, perl and
    >> bioperl, and understand general scripting tools, and have a
    >> smattering of informatics knowledge, the book isn't too useful.

    RG>    I agree, but for those who are just getting started --
    RG> especially statistics grad students (or biology grad students
    RG> or comp. sci) it can be very useful.  I am actually a bit
    RG> tempted to use it as a text for 1st year MSc/PhD's here, intro
    RG> to stat computing. At least it gives them some examples that
    RG> are relevant (and most know no Unix and no Perl and no....)

To clarify, I would agree that this is a good use of the book.  That
isn't the audience that I described it as "not very interesting for". 

However, a good number of people on R-devel are beyond that level, in
most respects (if this had been R-help, on the other hand...).


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