[EpiData-list] R, EpiInfo and opensource software

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Thu Sep 23 14:28:17 CDT 2010

I like these ideas. Thanks, Pedro Emmanuel. I'm also working with R on
my working stuff, and also on a doctorate programme of Social
Psychology. I started working with R since a Master Degree.

It would be a great idea to develop an interface between EpiData and
R. But right now I'm just exporting the data of EpiData Entry to en
Epi Info old format versions. Then I use the foreign package to upload
the data to R.

I think that the data collected on Epi Info can be used directly with
ODBC package of R.

On other hand, maybe the developer that talked with you is an
interested of Epi Info 7, the newer version of Epi Info. Epi Info 7 is
not stable but is open source, using mono technology.

I don't like Epi Info 7 because of political reasons with mono, who is
the technology base of Epi Info 7. Mono is a platform that plans to
use C# code like (Visual Studio of Microsoft). But the plans of C#
within mono are not clear. For that, maybe a lot of critics of mono
are right  (e.g.

The other reasons that I don't like Epi Info 7 are technical. For
example, mono is a memory hungry technology that makes Epi Info 7 very
slowly and not pleasant for machines with poor hardware resources. A
lot of work that I do are on very poor settings, so the testings of
Epi Info 7 haven't work around them.

Instead of that, EpiData work perfectly on the context were I work. Is
a very optimized and stable software. And, I hope to have a free and
open source code for EpiData on the next year.

A hug from Dominican Republic,

2010/9/23  <epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca>:
> Hello EpiData Friends,
> Im just writing a few lines to you at the end of my working day to share
> some toughts that I have recently.
> In the last four years I invested a lot of effort and time tring to learn R
> due to my PhD object. Right now I feel confrtable with R, but in the
> biginning I felt like banging my head in many places to make stuff work. For
> the same reason I signed some R mail lists around to trade some doubts and
> solutions.
> About three weeks ago, a EpiInfo developer posted a message  in
> epidemiologic issues for R users and it seems that he wanted to go for a
> EPiInfo - R interface. I was curious and found out that the latest version
> of EpiInfo available at CDC is 2 years old. My guess is that it is too old
> for a software. Clearly it was not a oficial CDC contact.
> Wondering why and how this could be done I realize that most likely R cand
> do every analysis EpiInfo can and much more. The disadvantageous are: R is
> is not friedly for the uninitiated, and has no default and complete GUI,
> although there are several GUIs available.
> A EPI extesion could be developed in R, while there is already four of them,
> that I know of. But there some sntroger point to consider in developing
> stuff in R:
> (1) opensource software is growing
> (2) R is opensource
> (3) R is multi OS
> (4) R language is reasonbly stable; thus something developed today may last
> for many many years indently of OS updates or Software updates
> (5) R has a core team that develop the software itself thus contributers may
> concentrate efforts in the extension codes and not in the software core, and
> OS integration.
> (6) There hundreds of maintainers and contributers thus it is a solid
> development that even has a early congress for users
> (7) It is possible, and there is many examples, to create a friendly
> graphical interface for epidemiologic users
> (8) There is already many functions directed to epidemiologic users such as
> epidemic curves, tables in stack form etc
> Thus I would not be surprised if one day EpiData friends also start an
> integration with R, as already has been done for SAS, SPSS, WinBugs, SQL,
> MySQL etc etc and more recently it seems that epiinfo too.
> Best regards to all,
> Abraço forte e que a força esteja com você,
> Dr. Pedro Emmanuel A. A. do Brasil
> Instituto de Pesquisa Clínica Evandro Chagas
> Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
> Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
> Av. Brasil 4365
> Tel 55 21 3865-9648
> email: pedro.brasil at ipec.fiocruz.br
> email: emmanuel.brasil at gmail.com
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