ESS and Literate Statistical Practice

Matthew Nelson mnelson at
Thu Aug 16 14:06:55 CEST 2001

ESS users,

I've reached a point of frustration (again) with my current methods of
documenting and reporting on my statistical investigations which are often
exploratory in nature and include a fair amount of output and copious use of
graphics.  In my most recent search for examples of alternative (and
hopefully better) methods, I came across Tony Rossini's paper in the DSC2001
proceedings on Literate Statistical Practice.  Having previous exposure to
literate programming, I am interested in exploring this as an option.  

The change logs for ESS indicate that some functionality for this has been
incorporated.  Unfortunately, I was not able to find more than a couple of
trivial examples on the S/R mailing lists.  Has anyone documented how LSP
might be accomplished with ESS?  If not, is anyone willing to share examples
with a few pointers for application?  Other suggested methods and pointers
to class notes or publications would also be appreciated. 

I work in R with ESS under Linux, and am familiar with most tools that would
be used.

Best Regards,

Matthew R. Nelson, Ph.D.
Director, Information Systems
Esperion Therapeutics, Inc.
3621 S. State St.
695 KMS Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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