Re: [R] Review process for new packages

From: Anupam Tyagi <AnupTyagi_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Wed 18 Oct 2006 - 04:53:04 GMT

Hello,

Duncan Murdoch <murdoch <at> stats.uwo.ca> writes:

>
> On 10/17/2006 2:22 AM, Andreas Wittmann wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > i'm currently working on a creditmetrics package which includes functions
for computing the credit risk
> model creditmetrics. I guess it would be finished in a few days.
> >
> > My question now is, does there exist some review process before sending it
to ctan or is it reviewed after
> having sended it?
>
> There's no review process to decide whether your package is useful or
> well-written. If you want that kind of review you should submit it to
> the Journal of Statistical Software.

Although, this is a sensitive issue, it is unfortunate that such review (or comment, if that is a more suitable word) process is not available at R. Is it possible to have some process where people can provide "comments", even if it is not a journal "review". It can help in improving the quality of packages submitted to R, in reducing bugs, or simply catching errors (coding and non-coding) that the author may have over-looked by mistake. Will contributing something to R, on provisional basis, and then asking for comments, and then submitting a final version work?

It may also help to require the author to include a mathematical description of what has been submitted, if it is a statistical function. This be because most new users find it difficult to read R code at the level of functions. They may also not be familiar with the statistical concept, but may know about it mathematically---because different disciplines have differentiated their specialized terminology (with some variation) as discipline specific statistical applications have evolved. I think this will make R more accessible to a wider user-base.
---Anupam.



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