[Rd] Suggestion for the reproducibility of R home page figure

From: Jean lobry <lobry_at_biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:53:31 +0100

Dear R-devel,

googling for the single letter R yields R-home page as the firt hit, which is extremly nice.

By clicking on the figure you get the code of the "Winner of the R Homepage graphics competition 2004."

By copy/pasting in your R console it doesn't work because it is impossible to install the mva package.

This is my point.

As documented in ONEWS the reason is simple: since R 1.9.0 the package mva as been merged into the package stats.

My suggestion is just to change the begining of the code as follows to neutralize the requirement for the mva package:

### Code by Eric Lecoutre, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium
### Winner of the R Homepage graphics competition 2004

### Works in R 1.8.1 ...
### Still works in R 2.10.0 (2009-10-26) by deleting the requirement

for the mva package ...

#require(mva) no more needed since R version 1.9.0 as mva was merged in the standard stats package.


so that reproducibility of the graph is straightforward (at least for someone who
is able to install an R package).

This is a minor change. I consider this is important because it may help people wanting to test quickly the long term reproducibility of R results. For them installing a package is not a problem, but do not expect them to have time to dig in old ONEWS....

Please take this as a constructive comment, I was amazed how it was easy for me to run this "old" R code. Just want to share.

Very Best,


Jean R. Lobry            (lobry_at_biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr)
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