Summary: This article was written for CTI Maths & Stats. 9, (1998), 1720.
My experience of using S-Plus for teaching, and Introduction to
S-Plus for Generalized Linear Modelling worksheets
P.M.E.Altham, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge CB2 1SB
Director of Studies for the M.Phil. in Statistical Science
(commencing October 1, 1998)
How I got started
I began to learn the `statistical system' S-Plus in the summer of 1992, and
then was able to use it for teaching, admittedly with more enthusiasm than
expertise, in the academic year 1992-3.
Although I came to S-Plus having been quite a happy and confident user
of such statistical computing packages as Glim and Genstat, and having had a
nodding acquaintance with SPSS and BMDP, I have to admit that I found it
quite hard to `get my mind around' the S-Plus syntax at first, probably because
of its object-orientated nature. For example, after Glim or Genstat the S-Plus
way of doing an ordinary linear regression seems cumbersome and heavy-handed.
Those of us who can understand the Glim directives
$yvar y$fit x$d e r$