[R] one-sample binomial test

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Mon Jul 8 11:06:25 CEST 2002

Bill.Venables at cmis.csiro.au writes:

> Andrew Ward observes: 
> > This reply, while probably seen as helpful by some, reminds me that
> > sometimes the price paid for "free" software is to endure rude,
> patronising
> > interactions with some of those in the user or developer community.
> [WNV]  Now there's an insight!  In fact I think that once you get used to
> the style you get to appreciate it.  The commercial world substitutes
> politeness for candour.  True candour can be disconcerting but it does get
> the message across much quicker.  

Also, this has less to do with free software than with the Usenet (and
general academic) traditions of dealing with students. It is necessary
to avoid actually doing their homework for them, but you can supply a
hint or two, often in the style of indicating what the true purpose of
the exercise is and how the student was expected to attack it. That's
essentially what happened here, and yes, it is patronizing, but that
sort of lies in the relations from the start.

BTW: power.prop.test solves a slightly different problem that the CI
length approach used in some textbooks. And even when the problem is
the same, the approximation in R could be different from the one in
the text book, which by some definitions could be a "wrong" result...

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