Re: [S] Comments on Concerns over New Versions of S-PLUS for Windows

Andrew M Kuhn (
Mon, 25 May 1998 15:18:57 -0400 (EDT)

In reading the discussions of the direction of new versions of S-plus,
particularly Dr. Millard's comments, an interesting parallel occurred to
me. I am a longtime SAS user who is come to S-plus in the last 5 years
for two reasons: the graphics in SAS, for lack of a better word, suck
when compared to S-plus and, more to the point, SAS has not appeared to
be very interested in statistics in the last 5 years. Their emphasis has
been on applications related to data management, data warehousing and
data mining. These topics are not completely unrelated to statistics,
but the rate of 'pure' statistical features has almost come to a halt.
Incidentally, SAS states that with their new version, this will change.
But enough about SAS ...

Some users, such as myself, may see the concentration on the
development of the gui instead of new statistical features as the start
of the same problem. The recent inquires on the list from Mathsoft
for suggestions of what statistical methods should be next to add
is encouraging.

I think that Dr. Millard's post is dead on. However, it still makes me
think about all the methods I would like to see S-plus add and what
Mathsoft's attitude is about, what I consider to be, it's core users.


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