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LINGUIST List 18.919

Tue Mar 27 2007

Software: The R Project New Release

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Message 1: The R Project New Release
Date: 22-Mar-2007
From: Stefan Th. Gries <stgriesgmail.com>
Subject: The R Project New Release


This is to alert you to the R Project for Statistical Computing. R Version
2.4.1 has been released:

http://www.r-project.org

It has the following characteristics that make it the ideal tool for any
corpus linguist:

- It is a full-fledged programming language, i.e. it has hardly any
restrictions on what corpus linguists can do with it and can therefore be
used to generate all essential corpus-linguistic output formats (frequency
lists, concordances, and collocation displays) as well as many other things
no ready-made tool can provide;

-As a programming language, it leaves the user in charge of retrieval
settings rather than sometimes difficult-to-identify program settings - but
at the same time R is much easier to handle than languages such as Perl or
Python, which many find too daunting to learn;

-R's capabilities for statistical and graphical analyses of corpus data
excel over manual or spreadsheet-based evaluation;

-It is open source software for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Linux/Unix;

-There is a lively research community out there, constantly developing new
stuff and providing the ideal basis for scientific exchange.

R has also become increasingly popular in the general linguistics
community, as is evidenced by a variety of textbooks that are about to be
published both in corpus linguistics and statistics for linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics


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