[OS X TeX] R, paradigm to bring into the LaTeX world?
matsoukas at psu.edu
Mon Oct 23 14:32:51 CEST 2006
On Oct 22, 2006, at 8:25 PM, Fernando Pereira wrote:
> I think you misunderstood Denis's comments. He wasn't looking for
> anything "light". R is a powerful statistical computing language
> system, used by highly technical people in many fields. Effective
> use of R requires substantial learning, and many R users have
> extensive collections of scripts to support their research. What R
> has is an integrated front-end which excellent documentation and
> optional package access. For example, if I want to find about
> functions for ridge regression, I can enter "ridge" on R.app's
> search box and after one click I get the documentation for the
> "lm.ridge" function in the MASS optional package. This level of
> integration makes R users more efficient.
I am not familiar with R but I offer the example of Mathematica as
yet another package with very steep learning curve but with excellent
integration of documentation. Just the other day I wanted to use
\atop in a latex document, so I had to google it to figure its
syntax. Sure, I got the answer within 5 hits, but I would really like
is a functionality in texshop (or similar front end) where you could
type ?\atop, as in Mathematica, and you'd get a man page for it.
Without such organization, the proliferation of packages will soon
reach a point (if it hasn't already) whereby the benefit of added
functionality is overshadowed by the effort to find what you need and
figure how to use it.
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