[R] New-user support package - suggestions?

From: Andrew Robinson <A.Robinson_at_ms.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Thu 04 May 2006 - 15:29:48 EST


Dear Community,

This is largely a repost with some new information.

I'm interested in developing a package that could ease the command-line learning curve for new users. It would provide more detailed syntax checking and commentary as feedback. It would try to anticipate common new-user errors, and provide feedback to help correct them.

As a trivial example, instead of

> mean(c(1,2,NA))

[1] NA

we might have

> mean(c(1,2,NA))

[1] NA
Warning: your data contains missing values. If you wish to ignore these for the purposes of computing the mean, use the argument:
"na.rm=TRUE".

I'm interested in any thoughts that people have about this idea - what errors do you commonly see, and how can they be dealt with?

I have funding for 6 weeks of programming support for this idea. All suggestions are welcome.

Cheers,

Andrew

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University of Melbourne, VIC 3010 Australia         Fax: +61-3-8344-4599
Email: a.robinson_at_ms.unimelb.edu.au         http://www.ms.unimelb.edu.au

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