Product Reviews: S-Plus, version 3.2
Sometimes, there's nothing like a power tool to really drill into a problem. Power tools can give you a tremendous rush, a fantasy of omnipotence that can last for hours. In data analysis, exhilaration is in short supply, so when a program like S-PLUS comes along, it quickly gains ardent adherents.
S-PLUS from Statistical Sciences, Inc. (StatSci), is a program for exploring and analyzing data and creating
functions. If you haven't the faintest idea of what exploratory data analysis is, let me warn you: We're delving here into realms rarely broached in public discourse, topics such as shuffling numbers more intricately, more efficiently, more graphically, more arcanely and as far out on the leading edge of statistical analysis as you dare to venture.