[R] R package organization
baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu
Wed Apr 3 18:29:45 CEST 2002
On 04/03/02 09:44, Michael Friendly wrote:
>>6) Better layout of packages listed on CRAN. This listing
>>collapse under its own weight once it gets too large.
>As a new R user, I have thought for some time that the organization
>of packages, and functions within packages, in R needs some more
>coherent structure, perhaps something like the hierarchy of classes
>used in Perl and contributed to CPAN. For example, Perl modules
>are listed on CPAN organized in a tree containing top-level categories
As an occasional CPAN user, I never use this and doubt I ever
will. I usually go there for some specific thing that I hear
about somewhere else or find through Google (e.g., html2latex).
I tend to think that the effort involved in making a good
classification would be better spent in making better search
tools, or something else altogether. I also think that CRAN may
require a lot more expertise to understand than CPAN does.
But there is a simple way to settle this. You, or anyone, could
copy the CRAN page and re-organize it. Announce it, and ask for
comments. See if it flies.
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