[R] [R-pkgs] Version 1.2-0 of the Rcmdr package

From: John Fox <jfox_at_mcmaster.ca>
Date: Wed 30 Aug 2006 - 21:37:36 EST

I've submitted a new, and substantially enhanced, version (1.2-0) of the Rcmdr package to CRAN. Some highlights (from the CHANGES) file:

   o Added ability to import from Excel, Access or dBase files (contributed by Samir Messad, Renaud Lancelot and Matthieu Lesnoff).

   o Added ability to read data from the clipboard (suggested by Graham Smith).

   o Added "Data -> Active data set -> Stack variables in active data set"
(suggested by Richard Heiberger).

   o Added many probability distributions, courtesy of Miroslav Ristic and G. Jay Kerns, Andy Chang, and Theophilius Boye.    

   o Added dialogs to sample from probability distributions; divided distributions menus into Continuous and Discrete.    

   o Added totPercents function. Added total percentages and components of chi-square to two-way tables (suggested by Richard Heiberger).       

   o Added "Statistics -> Summaries -> Count missing observations".    

   o Added "Statistics -> Summaries -> Correlation test", contributed by Stefano Calza.       

   o The numerical summaries, table of statistics, frequency distributions, numeric to factor, and recode dialogs will now process multiple variables in parallel (suggested by Bo Sommerlund).    

   o Added function numSummaries for neater output from "Statistics -> Summaries -> Numerical summaries" (motivated by comments from Bo Sommerlund).    

   o XY conditioning plots dialog added, courtesy of Richard Heiberger.       

   o Enhancements to 3D scatterplots.

   o Small interface improvements (e.g., pressing letter key in a list box moves to next entry starting with that letter).

   o New Rcmdr options (etc and etcMenus) determine where the Commander will look for its configuration and menu files (motivated by a suggestion by Richard Heiberger).       

Rcmdr version 1.2-0 includes revised Catalan and Japanese translations
(courtesy of Manel Salamero and Takaharu Araki); as other revised
translations become available, I'll submit updated versions of the package to CRAN. Version 1.2-1 will also have a revised introductory manual.

As usual, bug reports, comments, and suggestions are welcome.


John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

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