Tag Archives: Statistical computing

PMean: Using version control through git, github, and R Studio

I’m definitely “old school” when it comes to programming, but there comes a time when even this old dog needs to learn a new trick. I decided yesterday to use version control for my own R programs. Nothing for clients, mind you, because of confidentiality concerns, but the R code that I use to develop teaching examples is certainly fair game. I’m not totally clueless on version control because of my work for the Greater Plains Collaborative, but it’s a different thing to do it totally by yourself. Here’s a brief outline of what I needed to do to get version control up and running. Continue reading

PMean: History of SPSS

I’m helping to put together three separate classes, Basic data management and analysis with R [SAS / SPSS]. As part of these classes, I need to discuss the history of these programs, because understanding that history will help you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each statistical package. Here’s a brief history of SPSS. Continue reading

PMean: History of SAS

I’m helping to put together three separate classes, Basic data management and analysis with R [SAS / SPSS]. As part of these classes, I need to discuss the history of these programs, because understanding that history will help you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each statistical package. Here’s a brief history of SAS. Continue reading