Re: [R] Function hints

From: hadley wickham <>
Date: Tue 20 Jun 2006 - 23:04:17 EST

> what I really would love to see would be an improved
> on r-devel I found a reference to the /concept tag in .Rd files and the
> fact that it is rarely used (again: I was not aware of this :-( ...),
> which might serve as keyword container suitable for improving
> results. what about changing the syntax here to something like
> \concept {
> keyword = score,
> keyword = score
> ...
> }
> where score would be restricted to a small range of values (say, 1-3 or
> 1-5). if package maintainer then would choose a handful of sensible
> keywords (and scores) for a package and its functions one could expect
> improved search results. this might be a naive idea, but could a
> sort-by-relevance in the output profit from this?

This is not something I think you can solve automatically. Good keywording requries a lot of effort, and needs to be consistent to be useful. The only way to achieve consistency is to have only person keywording (difficult/expensive), or exhaustively document the process of keywording and then require all package authors to read and use (impossible).

Hadley mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Wed Jun 21 01:40:37 2006

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