[R] A Few Suggestions to help out newbies

Richard Rowe Richard.Rowe at jcu.edu.au
Wed Apr 3 01:38:30 CEST 2002

> > > 6)  Better layout of packages listed on CRAN.  This listing format will
> > > collapse under its own weight once it gets too large.
> >
> >
> > Memory has become more expensive over the last few months but displaying a
> > html document that weights even few hundred kilobytes remains a reasonable
> > assumption (the document is currently 164 kb).
>Yes, but I think Zed meant that it needs some kind of superstructure
>or keyword system attached. Could be true but someone need to invent
>the structure or keyword set...

I've been thinking about this as I've found (or been referred to) useful 
packages with names that didn't click during a scan down the list.    What 
about moving to a naming convention where the first two letters of a 
package name reflect its broad category.  Most spatial stats packages 
already begin with 'sp', but some which are of great use don't; 'ts' starts 
the time series packages ... I recognise that economics and ecology 
packages will clash, but it should be possible to get around that.  Anyway, 
just a thought,


Richard Rowe
Senior Lecturer
Department of Zoology and Tropical Ecology, James Cook University
Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
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phone (61)7 47 81 4851
e-mail: Richard.Rowe at jcu.edu.au

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