Re: [R] Documentation General Comments

From: Dr. Jeff Miller <jeffmiller_at_alphapoint05.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 18:36:10 -0400

I agree completely. Maybe it's time for an exhaustive manual (with weekly downloadable updates, of course).

It would also be nice if it were cross-referenced. For example, to get what I wanted last weekend from a simple 2x2 contingency analysis, I had to bounce between 4 different libraries. (All I was trying to do was replicate the output from SAS Proc Freq).

A lot of the library documentations have a See Also section but these may be getting out of date.

But maybe our request is too monumental to be feasible. (?)

Jeff

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Subject: [R] Documentation General Comments

I realize the R developers are probably overwhelmed and have little time for this, but the documentation really needs some serious reorganizaton. A good through description of basic variable types would help a lot, e.g. the difference between lists, arrays, matrices and frames. And, it appears there is some object-orientation to R, but it is not complete. I can't, for instance find a "metafile" method for a "recordedplot" type, using either the variable direclty or the replayPlot() method. I am sorry to post this, but I am really having trouble sorting out certain methods in "R". The basic tutorial "Introduction to R" is so basic, it hardly helps at all, then digging through documentation is really an exercise in frustration. The SimpleR is also so basic it is of little help other than to just get started. I occasionally find answers in the mailing list. See my later post on recordPlot for a good example.

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