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March 28, 2011

(This article was first published on eKonometrics, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

A recent post listed at R Bloggers ( made some erroneous statements about R Commander. Here is a revised description of R Commander with some issues addressed from the earlier blog:

  1. R Commander works on Mac as well in addition to Windows and Linux. The user interface is nicer on Mac than on Windows. The earlier blog omitted R Commander’s availability for Mac.
  2. I found installing R Commander to be straightforward as opposed to what was suggested in the above-mentioned blog. If you have R installed on your machine, all you need is a one-liner executed from within R:
    install.packages(“Rcmdr”, dependencies=TRUE), and R Commander is ready for use.
  3. R Commander has several plug-ins available. On last count, the following Plug-ins were available from
    1. RcmdrPlugin.BCA Rcmdr Plug-In for Business and Customer Analytics RcmdrPlugin.DoE R Commander Plugin for (industrial) Design of Experiments RcmdrPlugin.EHESsampling Tools for sampling in European Health Examination Surveys (EHES) RcmdrPlugin.Export Graphically export output to LaTeX or HTML RcmdrPlugin.FactoMineR Graphical User Interface for FactoMineR RcmdrPlugin.HH Rcmdr support for the HH package RcmdrPlugin.IPSUR An IPSUR Plugin for the R Commander RcmdrPlugin.MAc Meta-Analysis with Correlations (MAc) Rcmdr Plug-in RcmdrPlugin.MAd Meta-Analysis with Mean Differences (MAd) Rcmdr Plug-in RcmdrPlugin.PT Some discrete exponential dispersion models: Poisson-Tweedie RcmdrPlugin.SLC SLC Rcmdr Plug-in RcmdrPlugin.SensoMineR Graphical User Interface for SensoMineR RcmdrPlugin.SurvivalT Rcmdr Survival Plug-In RcmdrPlugin.TeachingDemos Rcmdr Teaching Demos Plug-In RcmdrPlugin.TextMining Rcommander plugin for “tm” package RcmdrPlugin.depthTools R commander Depth Tools Plug-In RcmdrPlugin.doex Rcmdr plugin for Stat 4309 course RcmdrPlugin.epack Rcmdr plugin for time series RcmdrPlugin.orloca orloca Rcmdr Plug-in RcmdrPlugin.qcc Rcmdr qcc Plug-In RcmdrPlugin.qual Rcmdr plugin for quality control course RcmdrPlugin.sos Efficiently search R Help pages RcmdrPlugin.steepness Steepness Rcmdr Plug-in RcmdrPlugin.survival R Commander Plug-in for the survival Package

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