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Design of the S system for data analysis


S is a language and system for interactive data analysis and graphics. It emphasizes interactive analysis and graphics, ease of use, flexibility, and extensibility. While sharing many characteristics with other statistical systems, S differs significantly in its design goals, its implementation, and the way it is used. This paper presents some of the design concepts and implementation techniques in S and relates these general ideas in computing to the specific design goals for S and to other statistical systems.

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