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Re: Evaluating PSPP

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Evaluating PSPP
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 13:18:47 -0700
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Andy Choens <address@hidden> writes:

> 2) The authors of SPSS have identified programmability as an important
> feature for SPSS. I noticed that they are now shipping versions of
> SPSS with python as a scripting language (!!!) and the ability to
> interface with R. As I understand it, R-CRAN is not going to become
> part of SPSS, but if you have both R installed, that SPSS will be able
> to use R's remote functionality and use R-CRAN modules in SPSS
> routines. I'm curious to know if PSPP is planning on doing this as
> well.

I want to add programmability to PSPP, too.  John Darrington has
posted a patch that takes a little bit of a step in the right
direction, by adding some support for Perl, at:

Unfortunately I'm under severe time constraints right now, and
programmability is not my highest priority project--that's
prettier output at the moment--so I have no idea if or when this
will get done.  (If anyone wants to contribute a programmability
implementation, I'm sure we'd gratefully accept it if it was done
Ben Pfaff

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