Re: [R] A comment about R:

From: François Pinard <pinard_at_iro.umontreal.ca>
Date: Mon 09 Jan 2006 - 10:48:14 EST

[Uwe Ligges]
>François Pinard wrote:
>>[David Forrest]

>>>[...] A few end-to-end tutorials on some interesting analyses would
>>>be helpful.

>>I'm in the process of learning R. While tutorials are undoubtedly
>>very useful, and understanding that working and studying methods vary
>>between individuals, what I (for one) would like to have is a fairly
>>complete reference manual to the library [...] organised by topics.

>Have a look at help.start() --> Search Engine & Keywords --> Section
>"Keywords by Topic".

Yes, thanks. This is quite in the spirit, or direction, of what I was proposing. Is that resource exhaustive? (I'm asking out of laziness, as it might take me several months to really check.)

One serious drawback (for me) is that it requires an heavy weight browser to be used, with Javascript enabled. I do not find this very practical. Another point is that the presentation, while useful, is a rather dry. In another message, I suggested the "Emacs Lisp Reference Manual" as a good example of a fluid presentation of a voluminous library. There might be some workable compromise between the current situation with R, even through the "Keywords by Topic", and that fluidity. (Wikis also have the drawback of requiring heavy machinery, and the editor they force us into if usually unbearable.)

I may be back with this subject, but only in a good while. I'm slowly building a kind of documentation plan I want (yet in French), as I learn R, and guess I may complete my base learning in one or two years from now (hoping I'll stay courageous enough). If I then get something usable or shareable enough, I'll offer it -- because I like returning a little something for the nice tools given to me! :-)

                                In any case, thanks for listening!

-- 
François Pinard   http://pinard.progiciels-bpi.ca

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