[ntp:questions] Re: A utility called "S"?

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Fri Jan 2 18:30:38 UTC 2004


I think we have the S sources around here somewhere, since we used them
for both Sunses and (ahem) VAXen. It was written largely in F O R T R A
N. There are a few old curds like me that speak that, in my case first
spoken to an IBM 704. LISP historians may recall that machine as the
origin of the cdr and car. But, I divest.


Allen McIntosh wrote:
> >"Richard B. Gilbert" wrote:
> >> While berivity may be the soul of wit, "S" is a little too brief to be
> >> useful unless you already know where to get it and how to use it.   I'm
> >> imagining trying to search the web for "S"....
> David L. Mills <mills at udel.edu> wrote:
> >Brace for a blast from the past. The S package was distributed some
> >years ago by AT&T (no kidding). It was quite a classy package and
> >produced wonderful publication documents on Sunses and allegedly
> >Windows. We used it here for awhile and it might even yet be available,
> >but real engineers now use Matlab.
> Real statisticians still use S. :-)
> Seriously though, S (renamed Splus) is now marketed by Insightful
> Corp (www.insightful.com).  Google for Splus gets you lots of
> references.  There is also an open-source package called R that
> is very similar to S.
> --
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