Re: [R] Source Code for Linear Discriminant Analysis

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From: Martin Maechler (
Date: Thu 27 May 2004 - 18:30:49 EST

Message-id: <16565.42809.791798.860514@gargle.gargle.HOWL>

>>>>> "UweL" == Uwe Ligges <>
>>>>> on Thu, 27 May 2004 08:50:12 +0200 writes:

    UweL> Chris Trengove wrote:
>> Dear R users,
>> I am not an R user myself, but someone searching the web
>> for C source code that will do linear discriminant
>> function analysis. The only lead I have been able to
>> locate is that R contains a function called "lda" which
>> is contained in the MASS package.
>> (
>> I downloaded the R source file R-1.9.0.tgz, and found a
>> huge collection of C programs in various package
>> directories, but I could not find the source file for
>> lda, nor could I find a directory for the MASS package.
>> Can anyone help me please?
>> Regards, Chris Trengove.

    UweL> MASS is in the VR package bundle. The current version
    UweL> is available at CRAN: /src/contrib/VR_7.2-2.tar.gz

and to really answer Chris' question:

The MASS source *is* of course inside the R-1.9.0.tgz that
you've downloaded.
Unfortunately (for a good reason, but still unfortunately!)
the recommended packages' sources (and MASS is one of those) are
*still* compressed even after unpacking R-1.9.0.tgz :

After unpacking R-1.9.0.tgz, to see the source, you need to
 unpack (the symbolic link) VR.tgz as well :
and then VR/MASS/R/lda.R and (a small part of) VR/MASS/src/MASS.c

This is a bit unfortunate for those of us who like to search
inside the sources..

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