Introduction to ESS: talk and slides

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We had another meeting of the
Chicago R User Group
last evening. This was scheduled somewhat belatedly once we learned
that Drew Conway would be in town.
Drew gave a very nice talk about his brand new
package (for accessing the eponymous
infochimps data service and marketplace). Slides are
available on Drew’s blog.
In fact, he had already blogged about his talk before I had even started
to write my slides…

The user group meetings have a meme of showing how to use
with different editors, UIs, IDEs,… It started with a presentation on
Eclipse and its
StatET plugin. So a while
ago I had offered to present on ESS, the wonderful
Emacs mode for R (and as well as SAS, Stata, BUGS, JAGS, …). And now I owe a big
thanks to the ESS Core team for keeping all their documentation, talks,
papers etc in their SVN archive,
and particularly to Stephen Eglen
for putting the source code to Tony Rossini’s tutorial from
useR! 2006 in Vienna
there. This allowed me to quickly whip up
a few slides
though a good part of the presentation did involve a live demo missing from
the slides. Again, big thanks to Tony for the old slides and to Stephen for
making them accessible when I mentioned the idea of this talk a while back —
it allowed to put this together on short notice.

And for those going to
useR! 2011 in
Warwick next summer,
Stephen will present a
full three-hour
ESS tutorial
which will cover
ESS in much more detail.

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