[R] Blue Book

John Maindonald john.maindonald at anu.edu.au
Fri May 17 14:04:09 CEST 2002

I feel constrained to register a protest.  There are some of
Fisher's writings that are both highly readable and still
well worth reading.  I'd put his "Design of Experiments" high
in this category.  It is beautifully written, and accessible
to working scientists.

Apologies for this off-topic comment, but I could not let
that one pass!  I am sure that on reconsideration Bill will,
if not recant, at least offer Fisher a posthumous apology!

John Maindonald.

> From owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch  Fri May 17 19:15:04 2002
> From: Bill.Venables at cmis.csiro.au

> David Jensen asks:
> >  -----Original Message-----
> > From: 	David Jensen [mailto:dvjens at worldnet.att.net] 
> > Sent:	Friday, May 17, 2002 3:11 PM
> > 
> > I came across a very cheap of the infamous blue book - The New S Language
> > (1988).  Is this book still relevant to modern S or R or am I wasting my
> > time?
> 	[WNV]  I'd say you are not wasting your time if you are serious
> about learning S.  
> 	It's not like R A Fisher (who nobody should read unless they have
> done so at least once before) but to me it is one of those books that become
> clearer in hindsight.  Little comments make more sense in the light of
> experience, especially the darker, more intense final chapters and
> appendices.
> 	It's a fundamental book for the S language.
> 	Bill Venables.

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