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

Travis Oliphant 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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