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But I'm dumbstruck that a government institution would use Excel for anything more serious than the coffee club's accounting.

Why? Excel/VBA skills are in high demand for investment banking research jobs.

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 28th, 2008 at 06:53:22 AM EST
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Why not use Excel?

The journal Computational Statistics & Data Analysis has a whole special issue on the subject.

I am teaching a graduate course of ecologists and forestry students this year, where Xcel will be outlawed. I expect much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I won't have it in my lab. Plus, gnuplot produces better graphics. Better than R (ducks)

by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Mon Sep 1st, 2008 at 06:51:55 AM EST
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