[R] R help search engine

kjetil halvorsen kjetilh at umsanet.edu.bo
Fri Mar 1 15:15:44 CET 2002


I agree with all the nice words of the original poster. When teaching R
I am mentioning the help system, and in particular, help.search(), in
the first class. I say that nobody should expect to remember 1509
names (which is the number of objects in base , as reported by
 length(ls(pos=6)) on my system rigth now). So knowing to use the online 
documentation is integral to using R. But:

> help.search("kendal")
No help files found with alias or title matching `kendal'
> help.search("spearman")
No help files found with alias or title matching `spearman'

Happily I found what i searched by

before starting to program myself. 

So help.search() could be even better. I understand it is a time issue, 

Kjetil Halvorsen
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