[R] adding a new dataset to the default R distribution

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Dec 3 12:59:16 CET 2008

On Wed, 3 Dec 2008, Stefano Costa wrote:

> Hi,
> I am a student in archaeology with some interest in statistics and R.
> Recently I've obtained the permission to distribute in the public domain
> a small dataset (named "spearheads" with 40 obs. of  14 variables) that
> was used in an introductory statistics book for archaeologists
> (published in 1994).
> I've rewritten most of the exercises of that book in R and made them
> available at http://wiki.iosa.it/diggingnumbers:start along with the
> original dataset, but I was wondering if there is a standard procedure
> for getting a new dataset included in the default R distribution, like
> "cars" and others.

We will only add datasets to R when they are needed for examples in base R 
(or exceptionally some 'classic' datasets like 'crimtab').  You can always 
distribute a dataset in a package (and many packages do: there are 
several packages on CRAN providing support for books including their 

> Please add me to CC if replying because I'm not subscribed to the list.
> Best regards,
> Stefano
> -- 
> Stefano Costa
> http://www.iosa.it/ Open Archaeology

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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