Re: [Rd] CRAN Task Views: ctv package available

From: Paul Gilbert <pgilbert_at_bank-banque-canada.ca>
Date: Sat 12 Mar 2005 - 15:26:15 GMT

Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

> Paul,
>
> On 11 March 2005 at 17:55, Paul Gilbert wrote:
> | Achim
> | ...
> | >>Other things that might be useful are various programming views, like
> | >>a Matlab view, and an SPSS view.
> | >
> | >
> | > I'm not sure what you have in mind here, because I would think that this
> | > amounts more to using the language in general than using certain
> | > packages.
> | ...
> |
> | I guess I didn't see that this should only be about packages. It seems
> | you could put just about anything in the HTML page. A table like
> |
> | Matlab R translation
> | ------- ------------
> | eye(n) diag(1,n)
> | = <-
> | etc
> |
> | might be useful to a lot of people converting from Matlab. I may have
> | the above wrong, but I do have a good start on a table like this in a
> | sed script somewhere, so if anyone volunteers to be the maintainer I can
> | help a bit.
>
> Recall that (at least some of) this exists already in Robin's page at

> http://cran.us.r-project.org/doc/contrib/R-and-octave-2.txt
> (using the .us mirror here, adapt at will)
>
> Dirk

Dirk

Thanks for point this out. It is certainly a better starting point than anything I have related to Matlab. I think this also underlines the bigger problem too. There is actually a very large amount of R documentation, but it is often hard for someone with a particular background to know were to start. Even though I now know this document exists, it seems a bit difficult to actually find it from CRAN. If I Google "R and Octave" I get it immediately, but it doesn't show up with "R and Matlab." It seems to me that the "view" idea may provide a very good mechanism that will work even when you really don't know where to start. (BTW, this is an example, I don't really know much about Matlab.)

Paul



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