[R] R Function Guide

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Wed Jun 6 08:14:30 CEST 2001

freud at starpower.net wrote:
> I was wondering if there was anything for R like the function guide
> provided by insightful for S-Plus at the url below:
> http://www.insightful.com/resources/fguide.html
> What makes if particularly appealing is the organization of
> functions by class.
> If there is not something like this for R, I think it would be a great
> addition to the R documentation.  It would provide an easy way to
> identify an available function for a particular category of analysis
> and thus facilitate viewing the help pages for the appropriate
> function or functions--particularly if this were available for not just
> base packages, but contributed packages as well.  Personally, I
> find the biggest weakness of the current help system is the fact
> that I must know the name of a function in advance to request help
> on some analysis or proceedure.  Would be nice to start with a
> general idea, category, class, or set of proceedures and move to a
> list of related functions.
> Extending the original idea, wouldn't it be great if there were a list
> as described above that, in addition to listing functions by
> category, also provided package information, availability, version,
> etc for the listed functions.
> I recognize that there is probably some overlap with the S-Plus
> guide, and that it in itself is probably a good reference, or at least a
> nice starting point for a simliar R guide.  However, I also suspect
> that quite a lot of the S-Plus functionality listed is not yet
> implemented in R.  Perhaps I am wrong.

Use help.start() and go to "Search Engine & Keywords".

Uwe Ligges
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