Summary: This article was written for CTI Maths & Stats. 9, (1998), 17--20.
My experience of using SPlus for teaching, and Introduction to
SPlus 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' SPlus in the summer of 1992, and
then was able to use it for teaching, admittedly with more enthusiasm than
expertise, in the academic year 19923.
Although I came to SPlus 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 SPlus syntax at first, probably because
of its objectorientated nature. For example, after Glim or Genstat the SPlus
way of doing an ordinary linear regression seems cumbersome and heavyhanded.
Those of us who can understand the Glim directives
$yvar y$fit x$d e r$