[Rd] proposed changes to RSiteSearch

Jonathan Baron baron at psych.upenn.edu
Thu May 7 20:09:30 CEST 2009

On 05/07/09 13:48, Liaw, Andy wrote:
> From: Duncan Murdoch 
> > I'll incorporate the changes if you like.

Yes.  Please do.  I understand that it won't take effect for a while.
When it does, I'll change my site.

  What do you think 
> > of the idea 
> > of adding a gmane (or other archive) search to your results 
> > page?  Then 
> > if someone doesn't like what the man pages show, you can send them 
> > somewhere else, rather than leaving them to find out the 
> > other resources 
> > themselves.
> > 
> > gmane has sample code for this on their search page 
> > search.gmane.org, so 
> > it looks reasonably easy.  I'd suggest following their last example, 
> > with a drop-down box to select mailing lists, with 
> > comp.lang.r.* as an 
> > option for "all lists".
> > 
> > Duncan Murdoch

Good idea.  I will do this.  But there are also two other good search
engines.  Maybe I'll add all three search alternatives.  But then,
according to Sheena Iyengar, people won't choose any!  Hmm.

> Actually, I was thinking about a possible RHelpSearch() in addition, if
> Jon is no longer going to include the R-help archive in the search.  I
> used the current RSiteSearch() a lot more for searching R-help archive
> than functions in packages.  Ideas?  comments?

This is OK with me, but I don't want to do it.  I guess it would
search gmane.  MarkMail is also pretty good, as is
http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/ All these are much better than
Namazu for searching the R-help list.

> Andy 
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