[Rd] CRAN Task Views: ctv package available

Paul Gilbert pgilbert at bank-banque-canada.ca
Sat Mar 12 16:26:15 CET 2005

Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

> Paul,
> On 11 March 2005 at 17:55, Paul Gilbert wrote:
> | Achim
> | ...
> | >>Other things that might be useful are various programming views, like
> | >>a Matlab view, and an SPSS view.
> | > 
> | > 
> | > I'm not sure what you have in mind here, because I would think that this
> | > amounts more to using the language in general than using certain
> | > packages. 
> | ...
> | 
> | I guess I didn't see that this should only be about packages. It seems 
> | you could put just about anything in the HTML page. A table like
> | 
> |     Matlab    R translation
> |     -------    ------------
> |      eye(n)      diag(1,n)
> |        =            <-
> |   etc
> | 
> | might be useful to a lot of people converting from Matlab. I may have 
> | the above wrong, but I do have a good start on a table like this in a 
> | sed script somewhere, so if anyone volunteers to be the maintainer I can 
> | help a bit.
> Recall that (at least some of) this exists already in Robin's page at
>    http://cran.us.r-project.org/doc/contrib/R-and-octave-2.txt
> (using the .us mirror here, adapt at will)
> Dirk


Thanks for point this out. It is certainly a better starting point than 
anything I have related to Matlab. I think this also underlines the 
bigger problem too. There is actually a very large amount of R 
documentation, but it is often hard for someone with a particular 
background to know were to start. Even though I now know this document 
exists, it seems a bit difficult to actually find it from CRAN. If I 
Google "R and Octave" I get it immediately, but it doesn't show up with 
"R and Matlab." It seems to me that the "view" idea may provide a very 
good mechanism that will work even when you really don't know where to 
start. (BTW, this is an example, I don't really know much about Matlab.)


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