[lug] need help installing the NIST program dataplot

Steve Sullivan sullivan at mathcom.com
Sun Dec 19 15:21:37 MST 2010

Hi Paul,

Dunno if you want more general comments ... I'm sure you know
there are many sophisticated graphics packages, but along
the lines of dataplot you might take a look
at R, www.r-project.org/

It has become _the_ standard for much of the statistical analysis
community and offers an amazing variety of analyses and graphics.
The installation is easy since the packages already exist.
For debian, see

That said, it can be difficult for those of us used to more
standard languages like Java, C++, and Python, since R has some
peculiarities.  For example dot is part of identifiers, and a.b
is an identifier like a_b would be in Java.


On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:53:46AM -0700, Paul E Condon wrote:
> I'm running Debian Squeeze. I recently discovered the NIST e-Handbook
> of Statistical Methods, and from there, the NIST software, Dataplot.
> http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/index.htm
> http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/software/dataplot/
> This software is absolutely ancient by Internet time standards, but
> seems to be in active use within NIST. The Handbook espouses an
> interesting position on the place of statistics in the scientific
> world, and Dataplot is their implementation of software support for
> that position. I want to install it on my computer, but I'm not really
> a sys-admin person, and the install instructions given in the dataplot
> link are far too terse for me. Can anyone here point me to some more
> detailed instructions? Something along the lines of a step-by-step
> HowTo? So far I have downloaded the tar.gz files and compiled the core
> executable, dataplot, but there are also support files for a Tcl/Tz
> GUI interface, man pages, etc. For these, I am thoroughly confused as
> to what to do.
> Looking for help.
> -- 
> Paul E Condon           
> pecondon at mesanetworks.net
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