Re: [R] Bioconductor AND Genetics Library

From: rgentlem <>
Date: Tue 16 May 2006 - 03:08:58 EST

Not much to add over what Thomas already reported. Some folks are involved in both projects and we are certainly going to reuse as much code as possible (in particular I think that progress is already being made on SNP arrays).

Some of the distinction is to demonstrate clear focus for the projects, and I hope that there will be other projects aimed at other types of biological problems in the future and that the main designers and developers of those projects also work towards integration with existing code, which is one of the goals here. As it becomes clearer what sorts of things work, what experiments are being carried out, I hope we move towards common data formats and some infrastructure that can be reused by other developers.

There is no reason that there be one particular download site, and indeed lots of reasons to separate things out. Some of the tools needed for users to manage different repositories are now in place in R, and I suspect that they will mature and user experiences will become simpler.

We are also working on the biocViews tools (like CRAN task views but also pretty different from that approach) that will make it easier for users to navigate the existing 170 packages in Bioconductor now.

best wishes


Farrel Buchinsky wrote:
> I am aware of the R Genetics Project that developed the R library and
> software called Bioconductor ( ) . How do the
> two relate to each other? What is the one that the other is not and vice
> versa? Can anybody link me to something that answers the question?

Robert Gentleman, PhD
Program in Computational Biology
Division of Public Health Sciences
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N, M2-B876
PO Box 19024
Seattle, Washington 98109-1024

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