[R] status of CRAN

Kenneth Cabrera krcabrer at epm.net.co
Tue Oct 8 12:37:49 CEST 2002

Dear Dr. Hankin:

I think your case can be other professors cases when they write
gnu documentation.

I suggest to put a download counter.... but I don't know if CRAN would
like to do that.

The feedbacks could be a very good evidence to show how many users read
your document.

I hope tha HoD and the personnel person will understand that the net  is 
sometimes even
more disseminated than many publications.

Robin Hankin wrote:

>Dear List
>the other day, I had my yearly staff interview with my Head of
>Under my list of publications, I included a document which I wrote
>(R-and-octave.txt) that ended up in the "contributed docs" section of
>Unfortunately, neither my HoD nor the personnel person were terribly
>impressed with it, even though its preparation time was commensurate
>with many of my (co authored) dead-tree publications.
>They cited lack of peer-review, and fact that it was disseminated
>solely over the 'net as reasons.  They were very nice about it, but
>the bottom line was that it just didn't count for very much.  I tried
>to point out that CRAN was highly regarded, but was unable to come up
>with much in the way of objective evidence.
>How would members of the List respond to this criticism?  Does anyone
>have anything I could use to bolster my position?  Although specific
>feedback about R-and-octave.txt would be very welcome, I'd also like
>the List to suggest objective (and convincing!) facts which I could
>use next week at the follow-up meeting.
>Thanks in advance

Kenneth Roy Cabrera Torres
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