[R] Packages - a great resource, but hard to find the right one.

Mike Prager mike.prager at noaa.gov
Wed Nov 21 17:47:35 CET 2007

"John Sorkin" <jsorkin at grecc.umaryland.edu> wrote:

>>> The multitude of packages is one of the great strengths of R. Unfortunately 
there is no (or at least I am not aware of) any single source
that lists all available packages and gives a synopsis of what
each package does. One can install  and load packages one-by-one
and look at the help pages to see what each package does, but
this is at best an inefficient and a worst a very frustrating
task. Might there be a way to put together a searchable database
that will allow a user to easily search for a given function or
technique in all contributed packages? <<<

Besides the excellent answers already given, don't overlook
Google.  Searching on "r statistics box-cox transform" turns up
a reference to MASS as the third entry. 

When programming in any language, I now find it quicker to
search for syntax (and other) help by Googling than to pull the
reference manual off the shelf or start up an online help file.

Mike Prager, NOAA, Beaufort, NC
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