Toward A Common Framework for Statistical Analysis and Development

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Authors Kosuke Imai, Gary King, Olivia Lau
Journal/Conference Name Journal of Computational Graphics and Statistics
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Paper Abstract We develop a general ontology of statistical methods and use it to propose a common framework for statistical analysis and software development built on and within the R language, including R's numerous existing packages. This framework offers a simple unified structure and syntax that can encompass a large fraction of existing statistical procedures. We conjecture that it can be used to encompass and present simply a vast majority of existing statistical methods, without requiring changes in existing approaches, and regardless of the theory of inference on which they are based, notation with which they were developed, and programming syntax with which they have been implemented. This development enabled us, and should enable others, to design statistical software with a single, simple, and unified user interface that helps overcome the conflicting notation, syntax, jargon, and statistical methods existing across the methods subfields of numerous academic disciplines. The approach also enables one to buil...
Date of publication 2008
Code Programming Language R
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