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Re: R graphics

From: Duncan Temple Lang
Subject: Re: R graphics
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 23:51:26 -0500
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Before RMatlab came ROctave.  It is a basic implementation
that could use updating and enhancement.

I am very keen to see R and its packages being
used in other systems, contexts, etc. as I think this 
is the way to further the use of good and new statistical 
methodology in applied areas.


Mike Miller wrote:
> It is great to have many of the standard MATLAB commands for graphics in 
> Octave, but I'm wondering how hard it would be to massively expand 
> graphical capabilities by adding some of the R functionality to Octave.
> R is a GNU package and it is doing really well with its statistical 
> graphics.  If we had a way to take that free R graphical functionality and 
> use it in Octave, I think it would be great.
> Maybe it's a crazy idea, but both R and Octave are GNU projects that do 
> similar things.  I would love to see more integration of the two, and not 
> just in graphics.  If there were a way for Octave to make calls to R for 
> things like regression, loess, etc., it might give us a big boost in 
> functionality for a relatively small amount of work (just *relatively* 
> small -- I'm sure it would be a major effort).  I just found this web 
> site...
> ...and am cc'ing the author (Duncan Temple Lang) on this message.  His 
> RMatlab is distributed under the GPL.  Maybe it could be adapted for 
> Octave and R.
> I think some people on this list have been making contributions both to R 
> and to Octave, so maybe they can tell us if there is some merit (or no 
> merit) to my idea.
> Mike
> P.S.  This is a handy page for Octave users who want to learn some R:
> -- 
> Michael B. Miller, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
> and Institute of Human Genetics
> University of Minnesota

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