[SciPy-user] [SciPy-dev] Statistics review months
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Mon Apr 3 18:21:51 CDT 2006
Chris Fonnesbeck wrote:
> On 4/3/06, *Matthew Vernon* <matthew at sel.cam.ac.uk
> <mailto:matthew at sel.cam.ac.uk>> wrote:
> My concern is that this is effort re-inventing a wheel. Would it not
> be better to improve the R interface rather than effectively
> duplicating functionality that's already in R (a Free, and high
> quality piece of software)?
> I strongly disagree with this approach. I'm not interested in dropping
> back to a 3rd party application to do sophisticated statistical
> analysis. We should be able to do it in python, and do it well. I
> specifically chose python to implement my Bayesian analysis software
> because it is faster, more flexible, and more user-friendly than R. In
> fact, all of scipy could have been replicated in R if desired, but
> that would be a bad choice.
I'm of this opinion as well. Certainly we can learn from R (especially
regarding interfaces and useful functions to implement).
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