Re: [Rd] AS Algorithms

From: peter dalgaard <>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2011 12:27:06 +0200

On Jul 2, 2011, at 12:02 , Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 11-07-01 4:13 PM, Mohit Dayal wrote:

>> Dear R-programmers,
>> I would like to use one of the AS Algorithms that used to be published in
>> the journal Applied Statistics of the Royal Statistical Society (Series C).
>> FORTRAN code based on these are available on the Statlib website at
>> with the disclaimer,
>> *"The Royal Statistical Society holds the copyright to these routines, but
>> has given its permission for their distribution provided that no fee is
>> charged."*
>> *
>> *
>> *Does this make these programs compatible with an open source license like
>> GPL-2 ? More specifically, can one safely include them in an R package?*
> I think that is not GPL-2 compatible. If I'm right, they could still be included in an R package if a more permissive license is used on the whole package. I don't know if CRAN will allow you to put one license on some parts of the code, and another on those files.

As for AS algorithms actually _in_ R, we have a statement from the RSS to the effect that it is OK to use them in R since R is free software. (I forget the exact wording.)

I would expect that to carry over to other GPL software, but it could be prudent to ask the RSS explicitly.


Peter Dalgaard
Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
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