R .SAS .NYT. One great discussion.

January 8, 2009
133 Views

The NY Times carried an article on R titled  at this link here titled

“Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power”.  However it included a line on page 2 saying

The popularity of R at universities could threaten SAS Institute, the privately held business software company that specializes in data analysis software. SAS, with more than $2 billion in annual revenue, has been the preferred tool of scholars and corporate managers.”

 

 

This led to a round o

The NY Times carried an article on R titled  at this link here titled

“Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power”.  However it included a line on page 2 saying

The popularity of R at universities could threaten SAS Institute, the privately held business software company that specializes in data analysis software. SAS, with more than $2 billion in annual revenue, has been the preferred tool of scholars and corporate managers.”

 

 

This led to a round of debates in the SAS-L list here

The debates were

1) SAS Institute has seen many upstarts through the years.

2) SAS Institute  really really needs to change some stuff on this new free and advanced software.Especially with a Base SAS equivalent at 10 % of the price at WPS.

The same NY T article contained this statement

“I think it addresses a niche market for high-end data analysts that want free, readily available code,” said Anne H. Milley, director of technology product marketing at SAS. She adds, “We have customers who build engines for aircraft. I am happy they are not using freeware when I get on a jet.”

Unfortunately SAS Institute does use some freeware as components and is also supportive of open source in the past.

The R list on the other hand was jubilant. Finally some recognition.See their reactions here. specifically following this message.

While I do contribute to the NY Times Blog in comments section a lot (see here)

I was surprised by all three ( lists and newspaper).

It reminded me of the saying-

1) You can choose your opinion but the facts must remain the same for all.

2) In God we trust. Everybody else must bring data

( Ajay-ALL THE DATA.Not just the data which suits you)

 

Anyways- Thanks to Satyam accounting scandal, the year 2009 is off to a rocking start.Sometime too much rocking…..