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Emacs Speaks Statistics

From the ESS website:

Emacs Speaks Statistics (ESS) is an add-on package for emacs text editors such as GNU Emacs and XEmacs. It is designed to support editing of scripts and interaction with various statistical analysis programs such as R, S-Plus, SAS, Stata and JAGS. Although all users of these statistical analysis programs are welcome to apply ESS, advanced users or professionals who regularly work with text-based statistical analysis scripts, with various statistical languages/programs, or with different operating systems might benefit from it the most.


Installing on Research Computing system

To get ESS working on your account, you need to do the following:

  • Download ESS from the website above
  • Put it a place that you want it located
  • Extract the files:
$ tar xf ess-5.14.tar.gz
  • Edit your .emacs file and add the following load lines:
(add-to-list 'load-path (expand-file-name "~/emacs"))
(load "~/emacs/ess-5.14/lisp/ess-site")

You will have to change the above file areas so that they are appropriate to where you have installed the ESS software.


  • Validated 4/5/2018