[SciPy-user] [SciPy-dev] Statistics review months

Alan G Isaac aisaac at american.edu
Mon Apr 3 11:02:44 CDT 2006

>> 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)? 

On Mon, 3 Apr 2006, Matthew Brett apparently wrote: 
> Well, I think the argument would be that if you are writing software 
> in Python that needs this functionality, then making R and RPy a 
> dependency is a burden, even if RPy is working perfectly on all 
> platforms.  It also means that NumPy will be less likely to attract 
> statisticians, if you still require R for your statistical processing. 

It would also mean that using numpy for stats would involve 
GPL'd rather than free software.   ;-)

Alan Isaac

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