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Standardised statistical programming practices for R and SAS

on the Wiley Online Library


The present document has been produced and adopted by the bodies identified above as author(s). This task has been carried out exclusively by the author(s) in the context of a contract between the European Food Safety Authority and the author(s), awarded following a tender procedure. The present document is published complying with the transparency principle to which the Authority is subject. It may not be considered as an output adopted by the Authority. The European food Safety Authority reserves its rights, view and position as regards the issues addressed and the conclusions reached in the present document, without prejudice to the rights of the authors.


This report summarises the “current” statistical programming methods and practices at EFSA, which were obtained by reviewing scientific outputs and associated statistical R and SAS programs and interviewing selected EFSA staff. The assessment was based on quality and general criteria of good programming practice.

The analysis was performed in order to develop standardised programming practices and provides associated materials both for R and SAS software packages. The findings of this report cannot be generalised to describe the situation at EFSA as a whole. It is a qualitative approach and hence only provides a snapshot of the current situation.

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