Two interesting free software statistics apps projects

Graham Todd (gtodd@YORKU.CA)
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 17:30:16 -0400

R is a GNU GPL'ed statistics program that runs well on a number of
variants including freebsd linux etc. and on Windows. R is being ported
to the Macintosh as well. I've been playing with it and it's quite nice.

It uses a commandline/script interface and graphics output so it works
best with specialized editing modes in Emacs (there's one called
ESS-mode) or a good native shell/editor. I'm not sure what's available
for Win/Mac in that regard ( under "cygnus"
has ported a number of Unix tools to Windows though).

Conceivably with the right scripts one could "roll their own"
statistical tools "environment" for teaching.

In a related vein IBM's free OpenDX Data Visualization project has
plenty of whizbang to it for really massive data sets ;-)


Graham Todd
York University, Toronto