[R] Any interest in commercial add-on libraries based on Cyte l's StatXact/LogXact?

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at merck.com
Mon Aug 18 14:26:33 CEST 2003

Another example:  Jerry Friedman's MART is available in R from Salford for
the same price as the stand-alone TreeNet, even though they don't advertise
it on their web site.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: rossini at blindglobe.net [mailto:rossini at blindglobe.net] 
> Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2003 9:50 PM
> To: rhelp
> Cc: pralay at cytel.com
> Subject: [R] Any interest in commercial add-on libraries 
> based on Cytel's StatXact/LogXact?
> At JSM, I spent a bit of time with old friends at the Cytel 
> booth (makers of StatXact/LogXact).  They were wondering 
> whether it was both feasible and of interest to create a 
> package of the StatXact compute engine for R (to be 
> commercially licensed, not for free!), similar to what 
> they've done for SAS.
> As far as I know, it's feasible,
>    (this is not the first commercial external package, for those of
>     you about to scream "no, we can't allow commercial libraries!"; in
>     fact, you'd probably have to fork the R codebase if you truly
>     insist on that.  For example,CSIRO's Spot package for R,
>     http://spot.cmis.csiro.au/spot/index.php)
> and so that remaining question is whether there would be 
> sufficient interest for them to continue exploring the 
> possibility from a financial perspective.
> Since it's not really on-topic for discussion on this mailing 
> list, if you are interested and would imagine purchasing a 
> license, please send mail to Pralay Senchaudhuri, pralay AT 
> cytel.com.  I'd imagine that the licensing fees would be 
> similar to those charged for SAS or the standalone windows 
> versions, but that is only my conjecture, and not Cytel's.
> (Truth in Advertising: my main interest is to make it easier 
> to use their software for my work in clinical trials protocol 
> design; I currently access their implementation through SAS.  
> Also, while I am not currently involved with Cytel in any way 
> (nor will be in the foreseeable future), I did spend part of 
> 2 months editing and validating the examples from an early 
> version of the LogXact manual as a grad student around 12 
> years ago, and have a number of good friends who still work there).
> best,
> -tony
> -- 
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