Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 20:35:12 -0400
Reply-To: Joe Whitehurst <joewhitehurst@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Joe Whitehurst <joewhitehurst@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Calling users of R....
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Yous guys are doin gud so far. But member, I don't care how much blood gets
on the floow. I want to know de truth! Or I just might give all yous an
early dirt nap!
On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM, Philip Rack <PhilRack@minequest.com> wrote:
> I agree with Curt and want to add a few things. I view R and SAS as being
> quite complimentary to each other. In terms of the criticisms that R is
> memory limited, well statistics has gotten pretty good in the last 20 years
> when it comes to sampling theory. Even then, you can always create the
> required matrices with PROC CORR and feed those into R for a lot of models.
> R is also available as a 64-bit download for Windows. This, I believe is
> something that was just introduced in the last few months on Cran. In my
> opinion, the memory limitations are falling to the wayside when it comes to
> statistical computing and holding data in memory. There was an ad for a
> local computer store late last week that had refurbished Gateway Q8200's
> (low end quad cores) with 4GB of RAM and Windows 7 Home Premium for $349.
> You could add another 4GB of RAM to the system for a total cost of $429. By
> the time I made it over there, they had sold out!
> You can do a lot with 8GB of RAM.
> Philip Rack
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> Craig wrote on 07/28/2010 02:38:28 PM:
> > Here?s the question: If you use R, why are you using R?
> We're using it because we were told to, and told to because it's cheaper.
> R does have RAM constraints, but folks in Finance and other fields
> commonly process several gig tables, and 64 bit systems may have this
> constraint diminished.
> One of the reasons I *like* R is that it supports unit testing and
> literate programming. And, yes, you can download just about anything for
> it and contribute just about anything as well.
> Curt Seeliger, Data Ranger
> Raytheon Information Services - Contractor to ORD