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Whoa there.

I use lisp and R. While R evolved from lisp, which let's me understand how it does certain things, I don't know if I'd describe it as more like lisp than python.

Indeed, the analogy I use to describe to friends why I have a strong emotional distaste for R is to use the following analogy:

Imagine you grew up as a heterosexual male. In your early years, you have fond memories of a young girl whom you had a fling with.

She drops off your radar, and you run into her 30 years later. She's gotten breast implants, botched her face with plastic surgery, and went through a rather traumatic divorce and reinvention of herself.

To your friends who lived on an island where there were no women and kept in basements and were regularly beaten by other stats programs, she might even be beautiful, and she certainly pays them attention to their base desires that they crave.

To you, she'll always be a mangled shadow of her former self and what could have been...




> While R evolved from lisp, which let's me understand how it does certain things, I don't know if I'd describe it as more like lisp than python.

It absolutely is more like Lisp than Python, once you strip the syntax away:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17310259




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