Programming with Data: A Guide to the S Language

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 19, 1998 - Computers - 469 pages
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Here is a thorough and authoritative guide to the latest version of the S language and to its programming environment the premier software platform for computing with data. Programming with Data describes a new and greatly extended version of S and is written by the chief designer of the language. The book is a guide to the complete programming process, starting from simple interactive use and continuing through ambitious software projects. S is designed for computing with data-for any project in which organizing, visualizing, summarizing, or modeling data are central concerns. Its focus is on the needs of the programmer/user, and its goal is "to turn ideas into software, quickly and faithfully." S is a functional object-based language with a huge library of functions for all aspects of computing with data. Its long and enthusiastic use in statistics and applied fields has also led to many valuable libraries of user-written functions. The new version of S provides powerful class/method structure, new techniques to deal with large objects, extended interfaces to other languages and files, object-based documentation compatible with HTML, and powerful new interactive programming techniques. This version of S underlies the S-PLUS system, versions 5*0 and higher.
 

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Contents

Quick Reference
95
Computations in S
119
Objects Databases and Chapters
195
Creating Functions
243
Creating Classes
279
Creating Methods
321
Documentation
355
Connections
373
Interfaces to C and Fortran
405
A Programming in C with S objects
427
B Compatibility with Older Versions
445
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