[R] Blue Book
james.lindsey at luc.ac.be
Fri May 17 15:20:21 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!
I certainly agree!! Any good statistician worth his or her salt should
read Fisher's 3 main books at least once a year to be reminded of what
modern statistics is all about. To push it, I would say that the Blue
Book is for computer hackers, not statisticians.
> 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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