[R] favorite useful tools?

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sat Jun 7 17:36:11 CEST 2008

Which packages you need is crucially dependent on what you want
to do.  There is not likely a general answer.  Googling for CRAN Task Views
should get you to package views which list packages applicable to
different areas.

Prior to installing any R packages yourself


will list the recommended packages which are the ones that ship with
R itself.

On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 10:16 AM, Carl Witthoft <carl at witthoft.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm relatively new to R, so I don't know the full list of base (or popular
> add-on packages)  functions and tools available.  For example, I tripped
> across mention of rle() in a message about some other problem. rle() turned
> out to be a handy shortcut to splitting some of my data by magnitude
> (vaguely like a sequence-based histogram).
> So I thought I'd ask: what small, or obscure, tools and functions in R do
> you find handy or 'cool' to use in your work?
> Thanks
> Carl
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