The latest Bridge to R (version 2.4.2) is now available for download on an extended 60 day trial. The Bridge to R allows you to execute R syntax from within your WPS or SAS IDE and return the log and listing files from R into the SAS or WPS log and listing window. The Bridge alleviates the need to license SAS/IML Studio to access R using SAS. Also, this version of the Bridge brings SAS back into the picture in that both platforms, WPS and SAS are supported.
The Bridge has minimal requirements. They are:
· WPS 2.4.x or SAS 9.2.x
· Windows Desktop Operating System
· R versions 2.7.x through 2.11.0.
Note that R release 2.11.0 is fairly new and not all the R packages from CRAN have been brought forward yet. Specifically, the package Hmisc still has not been released and there are some example programs that we use that rely on the Hmisc library.
The Bridge to R has also been tested on the x64 R build (i.e. the 64-bit alpha build for Windows) and so far, seems to work fine with that release as well.
You can download the Bridge to R by going to the MineQuest website at:
From the above web page, you can download the Bridge for your specific installation (i.e. WPS or SAS) as well as watch a tortuous video of what the Bridge is able to do. At least the video is only six minutes long but it does provide the background you need to decide if this is something you want to add to your software portfolio.
Place the Bridge2R.zip file on your desktop and unzip the package. The structure and contents of the folder should be:
\Bridge2R\Bridge to R v242.pdf
There’s also a short installation and user guide that you can read before downloading the software. The installation guide is also included in the zip file.
If you have questions on installation issues, please visit the support forum that we just setup to help answer these kinds of questions.
About the author: Phil Rack is President of MineQuest, LLC. and has been a SAS language developer for more than 25 years. MineQuest provides WPS and SAS consulting and contract programming services and a reseller of WPS in North America.