[R] favorite useful tools?

Michael Dewey info at aghmed.fsnet.co.uk
Sun Jun 8 12:27:39 CEST 2008

At 15:16 07/06/2008, Carl Witthoft wrote:
>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?

In a similar vein to your comment about rle (which I found in the 
same way as you and for which I would never have thought of looking) 
perhaps I could suggest str()? I picked this up by reading R-help.

When R's behaviour is unexpected (to you) using
often reveals why.

And for a bonus
1 - if the function has a data= parameter then always use it
2 - use with() rather than attaching and detaching things

These have saved me hours.


Michael Dewey

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