[Gretl-users] web interface to Gretl

Rodrigo Alfaro Arancibia ralfaro at fen.uchile.cl
Fri Sep 7 08:34:52 EDT 2012

Thanks for the messages. A few comments:

(1) Gretl is a friendly package to teach econometrics, but it is also
capable to do complex tasks required in research. Sometimes, students
need to know some  econometric tools and playing a little bit with

(2) I agree: tablets are designed for other purposes, however a
'basic-version' of Gretl will be useful for first-time students.
Indeed, a 'basic-version' will be a very unique package for IPad.


2012/9/6 Talha Yalta <talhayalta at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
> I think this would be great to have once it becomes that the required
> effort < coolness factor (which I think is substantial). Also, don't
> you think it would be possible to charge maybe $1-2 for this?
> Considering that there are probably thousands of gretl users, many
> users including students won't object paying a small fee for the
> convenience and for the sake of supporting. (I know many people who
> don't mind paying a few dollars for small apps that they don't even
> use.)
> Cheers
> Talha
> On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM, Sven Schreiber <svetosch at gmx.net> wrote:
>> On 09/06/2012 02:25 AM, Allin Cottrell wrote:
>>> On Wed, 5 Sep 2012, Rodrigo Alfaro Arancibia wrote:
>>>> I use Gretl for teaching applied econometrics. Last semester, some
>>>> students asked about the possibility of having Gretl on Ipad (I do not
>>>> have one) Anyway, I found that question on the web and it seems that
>>>> there is not plan for compiling Gretl on that OS
>>>> (http://lists.wfu.edu/pipermail/gretl-users/2011-May/006250.html).
>>> No. The gretl user interface is not designed for tablet use (this
>>> would require a complete redesign). And while tablets are nice for
>>> some things they are fundamentally the wrong tool for scientific
>>> computing.
>> Hm, I agree that gretl should not be redesigned for tablets, but in
>> principle I think that its GUI could work nicely there. Yes, not for
>> thorough scientific computing, but for playing with the data and getting
>> to know them it would be perfect. I mean, selecting a series, then
>> creating its first difference via the menu, then looking at the plot
>> etc. would all be perfect stuff for a tablet -- or even a smartphone
>> with a large screen. Pretty soon there won't be a real difference
>> between tablets and phones anymore anyway.
>> Even estimating a regression wouldn't be a big deal given gretl's nice
>> dialogs for that.
>> Having said that, of course the underlying technology needs to be ready
>> first. Maybe relevant in this context:
>> http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Shuttleworth-Ubuntu-to-come-for-tablets-smartphones-and-TVs-in-2014-1368963.html
>> So indeed, don't hold your breath.
>> cheers,
>> sven
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