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Evaluating the Design of the R Language: Objects and Functions For Data Analysis
"Risadynamiclanguageforstatisticalcomputingthatcombineslazy functional features and object-oriented programming. This rather unlikely lin- guistic cocktail would probably never have been prepared by computer scientists, yet the language has become surprisingly popular. With millions of lines of R code available in repositories, we have an opportunity to evaluate the fundamental choices underlying the R language design. Using a combination of static and dynamic program analysis we assess the success of different language features."

There's something a bit odd about evaluating a language designed for statistical computing on a set of benchmarks which do not include statistical problems...
R  programming  programming_languages  computational_statistics  how_outsiders_see_us  to_teach:statcomp  via:aaron_clauset 
april 2012 by cshalizi

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