Re: R-alpha: Version 0.5 ...

Bill Venables (
Tue, 14 May 1996 09:41:47 +0930

Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 09:41:47 +0930
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From: Bill Venables <>
To: Ross Ihaka <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: Version 0.5 ...
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Ross Ihaka writes:

 > The major new features are:
 >   7.  Graphics cleaned up somewhat.

 >  10. Many smaller bug fixes. (We hope all reported bugs are fixed now).

First up, many thanks for a new version.  It does compile cleanly
on my Linux box and runs OK on the console, but when I try to run
R on my Sun workstation I come up with the following error message:
  R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
  You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
  Type "license()" for details.
  Error: unable to load font in x11 graphics driver
and the graphics window that opens up is blank and unusable.
This did not happen before, so it must be something to do with
the revision.  Is there a simple way to fix it, does anyone know?

(BTW, on the matter of bugs, `license' is misspelled, unless you
subscribe to the American heresy, which I hope you don't.  In Oz,
NZ and UK the noun is spelled `licence'. :-)

 > The documentation for the data sets is in a very preliminary state
 > (some might say virtually non-existent).  Most of the data sets
 > entered so far are taken from:
 > 	"Interactive Data Analysis" by Don McNeil
 > which in turn borrowed heavily from:
 > 	"Exploratory Data Analysis" by John Tukey.
 > (Do any web lawyers know what trouble we might be getting into by
 > making these data sets available?)

Brian Ripley and I went into this some time ago.  Briefly, data
sets per se cannot be copyrighted.  Analyses incorporated into a
copyrighted work are subject to copyright restrictions, of
course, but the data sets themselves are not.  You are on safe
legal grounds.  As a matter of courtesy, though, you should
always acknowledge original sources, (as you have done).

It follows, of course, that anyone is welcome to the data sets
included with the old Notes on S-Plus by Venables & Smith or
Modern Applied &c &c by V&R.  Several ftp sites are available.

William Venables, Department of Statistics,  Tel.: +61 8 303 3026
The University of Adelaide,                  Fax.: +61 8 303 3696
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