[Rd] 00Index of data
Prof Brian Ripley
Prof Brian Ripley <email@example.com>
Mon, 10 Apr 2000 14:33:10 +0100 (BST)
> Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 09:25:52 -0400
> From: Paul Gilbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: r-devel <email@example.com>
> Subject: [Rd] 00Index of data
> The "data index" is mentioned in the R Extensions Writer guide as
> >> The subdirectory should contain a `00Index' file
> >> that describes the datasets available.
> I'm not sure what the official format is suppose to be, but given that
> it displays like an index, this has to be a very short description which
> I find somewhat inadequate. Some of my data sets are multivariate time
> series and it is impossible to describe them in such a brief format, so
> I have resorted to very poor descriptions like "data used in ...". It
> would be nice to have a facility to give a more complete description of
> the data.
There is no restriction on the format. The only use is with data()
to show what is available. But a few lines should suffice to
indicate if it is worth looking up the help page for the data.
(And that needs a one-line title.)
The same comments apply to the INDEX file: you can let build
generate it, but several packages have hand-customised files (e.g.boot).
Brian D. Ripley, firstname.lastname@example.org
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