Re: [R] Recommended Packages

From: Gavin Simpson <>
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2008 23:25:10 +0000

On Mon, 2008-03-03 at 10:52 +1300, Murray Jorgensen wrote:
> Having just update to R 2.6.2 on my old Windows laptop I notice that the
> number of packages is growing exponentially and my usual approach of
> get-em-all may not be viable much longer. Has any thought been given to
> dividing "contributed" binaries into a recommended set, perhaps a couple
> of hundred, and the remained. That way one could install the recommended
> ones routinely and add in the others as required. Any comments?
> Murray Jorgensen

Hi Murray,

What is one person's "recommended" set might not correspond with the "recommended" set of another nor that of a third party.

Grouping contributed packages into topics or themes might be a more appropriate classification, and to that end we have CRAN Task Views (thanks to Achim Zeileis and Kurt Hornik and their band of merry CTV-maintainers). There are some 15 of these views now available. Using the tools in the ctv package a user can install these groupings of packages. Do these Task Views meet, or go some way towards, your goal?



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