Both do have advantages. R, for someone who has never learned to be a great coder, is harder to use than the SAS GUI (R has a GUI but only to write code with like a SAS editor). It does things that SAS will not do like auto.arima (SAS will do that, but it cost thousands of dollars to buy the system).
If you are a state employee using R can be problematic because state officials will not let you link to the cran. I had to fight to get access.
Interesting. I always viewed you as a member of the R camp. Well , one member less. Could there have been, perhaps, irony in your statement? I honestly hope so... SAS is completely inadequate for implementing an original method or strategy, instead of relying on methods known for the last 20 - 70 years.
Hedge funds use Python, R, Matlab, C++ and C#. No waste there. Billions sucked out of clients. Apartments in downtown Manhattan... SAS is for people who completely depend on somebody else for statistical / econometric advice. When Trevor Hastie developed elastic nets 20 years ago, where did they appear first? No waste of software; rather the only software where the method was available for a while.
Oh gee I hope not. I have been feeling like a news reporter lately though. Is that a symptom of COVID-19? It might sound weird but I've been feeling kind of like that reporter lady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Not the hockey mask guy - Casey Jones... the other one - April O'Neil! I've been wanted to just report on how things are going and I do enjoy being around turtles. And telling you guys about my reformation with respect to SAS was just on the top of my list of things to do today.
It's kind of my April's first proclamation. So yeah ... I totally love SAS.
But I have also heard that if you are a state employee in Iowa (in the USA) then you will no longer be allowed to download something from other states in the USA, like Indiana or Illinois. Virus as virus.