Re: [Rd] Ice cream flavor metaphor in statistical computing

From: Marc Schwartz (via MN) <mschwartz_at_mn.rr.com>
Date: Fri 15 Sep 2006 - 21:28:06 GMT

On Fri, 2006-09-15 at 16:05 -0500, Jeffrey Horner wrote:
> Forgive me, but since it's Friday and I've been thinking about command
> line options lately, I thought I'd find out who came up with the name of
> the --vanilla argument for R. From the svn log:
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> r2509 | maechler | 1998-10-10 10:52:53 -0500 (Sat, 10 Oct 1998) | 2 lines
> Changed paths:
> M /trunk/src/unix/system.c
>
> new --vanilla
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Are there any interesting anecdotes about this... Did Martin Maechler
> name it? Certainly --plain could have been used instead...
>
> Jeff

Hey Jeff,

I suppose that we should be glad that Martin was not eating Ben and Jerry's at the time or the command line might be:

  R --NewYorkSuperFudgeChunk®

;-)

This reference might be of help:

  http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=plain-vanilla

Regards,

Marc



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