[R-pkgs] Major update of Deducer, including GSOC funded work

From: ian fellows <ian.fellows_at_stat.ucla.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:14:59 -0700

A new version of Deducer (0.4) has been sent to CRAN, and should be propagating to all the mirrors in due course. Also, a new plug-in package (DeducerExtras) has also been released to CRAN, containing additional dialogs and functionality.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the R community for choosing this project for a Google Summer of Code grant, and for the support and encouragement. In particular I would like to thank Hadley Wickham for mentoring the Plot Builder GUI, and Dirk Eddelbuettel for his organization of students and mentors.

Provide an intuitive interface so that non-technical users can learn and perform analyses without programming getting in their way. Increase the efficiency of expert R users when performing common tasks by replacing hundreds of keystrokes with a few mouse clicks. Also, as much as possible the GUI should not get in their way if they just want to do some programming.
Deducer is designed to be used with the Java based R console JGR, though it supports a number of other R environments (e.g. Windows RGUI and RTerm).

For those not familiar with Deducer, an online manual is available at: http://www.deducer.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.DeducerManual .

Introduction to Deducer (8 min): http://www.youtube.com/user/ MrIanfellows#p/u/6/iZ857h2j6wA

The major change to Deducer is the inclusion of a new plotting GUI built on the ggplot2 package. This Google Summer of Code project provides an easy to use system to make anything from simple histograms, to custom publication ready graphics. Feel free to check out the video introduction:

Part 1 (6 min): http://www.youtube.com/user/MrIanfellows#p/u/4/- Rym6Ucraes
Part 2 (6 min): http://www.youtube.com/user/MrIanfellows#p/u/3/ k6elEgB3OCE

Additional videos:
Templates (5 min): http://www.youtube.com/user/MrIanfellows#p/u/2/ ktdifzqbLW8
Extending the Builder (4 min): http://www.youtube.com/user/ MrIanfellows#p/u/1/RsxOo0jx0II

The DeducerExtras package is an add-on package containing a variety of additional analysis dialogs. These include:

Introduction to Deducer Extras (2 min): http://www.youtube.com/user/ MrIanfellows#p/u/0/UCrhxB8tSJY

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