The problem with R? Too much new stuff!

August 23, 2011
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

In a tongue-in-cheek post at the Information Management blog, Steve Miller shares his "frustration" with R: package developers keep on releasing new functionality for R that makes his own work obsolete. For example, there's now pre-packaged functionality in R for enhanced dotplots, Economist-style graphics, additive regression models and more, which all obviate the need for Steve to implement such things himself. Steve reveals his agenda in the last paragraph: 

Of course, my tongue-in-cheek observations are in fact a celebration of R rather than a critique. I'm continually amazed at the ever-expanding bounty of contributions from some of the top quantitative analysts in the world. With this wealth of goodies, though, comes an admonition from the old buy versus build conundrum: do your research on what's already available before you invest a lot of time developing from scratch. Often as not, what you're looking to do is already out there – for free. I need to practice that lesson even as I preach it.

Check out Steve's full post at the link below.

Information Management (Steve Miller): Frustrations With R?

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