Stata, R on the rise while SPSS and SAS decline

Bob Muenchen provides a nice post comparing the current use major statistical software packages. I like that he (a) acknowledges the limits of R and the GUI, (b) critiques the bizzare number of SAS GUI’s, (c) the respectability of SAS Enterprise Guide.
I think some of the benefits of Stata for applied social sciences are underappreciated, i.e., current fav’s – estab and mkspline. I’ve recently tried to do similar procedures in R and found overly complex. These and numerous other procedures are prepackaged and ready to go for linear models in Stata.

Maybe I am too optimistic but I’d like to see all these platforms develop literate programming/reproducible research.
And, it’s nice he invites replication and offfers his data.

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