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

From: Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard_at_biostat.ku.dk>
Date: Fri 15 Sep 2006 - 22:19:59 GMT

"Marc Schwartz (via MN)" <mschwartz@mn.rr.com> writes:

> 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

It is unclear from my records of R-core mails at the time what the decision process, if any, might have been, but terms like "vanilla S" (AT&T S as opposed to S-PLUS) were being bandied about. The option --vanilla was preceded by constructions like

../bin/R --no-init-file --no-save --no-restore < simple-true.R > simple-true.Rout

which was indeed a bit long-winded.

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