Re: Re[2]: [S] Possible Statistical Enhancements to S-PLUS

Barry Courtois (courtois@topaz.cfas.washington.edu)
Mon, 30 Mar 1998 16:13:04 -0800 (PST)


Rather than given an overall impression of which particular implentation
of S you think is faster than another, I would find it more helpful if you
gave concrete examples. Perhaps a judicious use of dos.time() and
unix.time()?

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On Tue, 31 Mar 1998, Patrick Connolly wrote:

> According to jxs@dor.kaiser.org:
>
> |> I agree completely with the above statement about the slowness of v.4. I
> |> also stick to v. 3.3 for Windows. Still the Unix version 3.4 (which I
> |> run on a Sparc20) is much better. For my laptop (where I use the Windows
> |> version) I am looking forward to the Linux version. Any news about that?
> |>
> |> I don't agree with the above statement. It depends on the system you are
> |> using. If you run Windows NT, the V4 runs much better than the v3.3. Of
> |> cause, you need a powerful machine. I have pentium pro 200 and 256MB. I
> |> think 32MB is too little and you need to get more, then you will be happier
> |> with the V4.
>
> I too have tried V4 and NT on a pentium pro 200 and 256MB with two
> processors and not a lot of users, but it is still far slower than
> V3.4 on a 40Mhz unix machine (that's forty, not four hundred).
>
> On the same machine, Excel and Word take about 2 seconds to start. S4
> takes more than 20 seconds! Even then, it won't run in two
> directories simultaneously which is something I have a wont and want
> to do nearly all the time. The latter might well be a limitation of
> the OS rather than S4 itself.
>
> Patrick
>
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