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

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Sat 16 Sep 2006 - 13:05:59 GMT

>>>>> "PD" == Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk> >>>>> on 16 Sep 2006 00:19:59 +0200 writes:

    PD> "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...

Sorry to come in a bit late... have been enjoying Mozart this morning.. I had previously seen the use of 'vanilla' as such a command line argument for xemacs, and even though I've been preferring GNU emacs, and Mango or Citrus, Apricot, ... to Vanilla, I still found it cute enough to be remembered and then used for R.

Martin

>> > 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

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

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

    PD> which was indeed a bit long-winded.

    PD> -- 
    PD> O__  ---- Peter Dalgaard             Øster Farimagsgade 5, Entr.B
    PD> c/ /'_ --- Dept. of Biostatistics     PO Box 2099, 1014 Cph. K
    PD> (*) \(*) -- University of Copenhagen   Denmark          Ph:  (+45) 35327918
    PD> ~~~~~~~~~~ - (p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk)                  FAX: (+45) 35327907

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    PD> "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

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

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

    PD> which was indeed a bit long-winded.

    PD> -- O__ ---- Peter Dalgaard Øster Farimagsgade 5, Entr.B
    PD> c/ /'_ --- Dept. of Biostatistics PO Box 2099, 1014
    PD> Cph. K (*) \(*) -- University of Copenhagen Denmark Ph:
    PD> (+45) 35327918 ~~~~~~~~~~ - (p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk)
    PD> FAX: (+45) 35327907

    PD> ______________________________________________
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