[Rd] Reminder Special issue of the JSS on Graphical User Interfaces for R

From: Pedro Valero-Mora <valerop_at_uv.es>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:28:16 +0100


Special issue of the Journal of Statistical Software on

Graphical User Interfaces for R

Editors: Pedro Valero-Mora and Rubén Ledesma

Along its almost 15 years of existence, R has managed to gain an ever-increasing percentage of academic and professional statisticians but the spread of its use among novice and occasional users of statistics have not progressed at the same pace. Among the reasons for this relative lack of impact, the lack of a GUI or point and click interface is one of the causes most widely mentioned. But, however, in the last few years, this situation has been quietly changing and a number of projects have equipped R with a number of different GUIs, ranging from the very simple to the more advanced, and providing the casual user with what could be still a new source of trouble: choosing what is the GUI for him. We may have moved from the "too few" situation to the "too many" situation.

This special issue of the JSS intends as one of its main goals to offer a general overview of the different GUIs currently available for R. Thus, we think that somebody trying to find its way among different alternatives may find useful it as starting point. However, we do not want to stop in a mere listing but we want to offer a bit of a more general discussion about what would be the ideal GUI for R (and how to build it). Therefore, we want to see papers submitted that discuss the whole concept of GUI in R, what elements it should include (or not), how this could be achieved, and, why not, if it is actually needed at all. Finally, despite the high success of R, this does not mean other systems may not treasure important features that we would like to see in R. Indeed, descriptions of these nice features that we do not have in R but are in other systems could be another way of driving the future progress of GUIs for R.

In summary, we envision papers for this special issue on GUIs for R in the following categories:

-General discussions on GUIs for statistics, and for R.

-Implementing GUI toolboxes for R so others can program GUIs with them.

-R GUIs examples (with two subcategories, in the desktop or in the cloud).

-Is there life beyond R? What features have other systems that R does
not have and why R needs them.

Papers can be sent directly to Pedro Valero-Mora (valerop_at_uv.es <mailto:valerop_at_uv.es>) or Ruben Ledesma (rdledesma_at_gmail.com <mailto:rdledesma_at_gmail.com>) and they will follow the usual JSS reviewing procedure. Initial deadline is December 2010 with final versions published along 2011.

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