[R] The R-help community list was started on this day 20 years ago

John jwd at surewest.net
Sun Apr 2 08:17:06 CEST 2017

On Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:19:07 -0700
Henrik Bengtsson <henrik.bengtsson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Today, it is been 20 years since Martin Mächler started the R-help
> community list (https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/). The first
> post was written by Ross Ihaka on 1997-04-01:
> Subject: R-alpha: R-testers: pmin heisenbug
> From: Ross Ihaka <ihaka at stat.auckland.ac.nz>
> When: Tue Apr 1 10:35:48 CEST 1997
> Archive: https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/1997-April/001488.html
> This is a post about R's memory model. We're talking R v0.50 beta. I
> think that the paragraph at the end provides a nice anecdote on the
> importance not to be overwhelmed by problems ahead:
>    "(The consumption of one cell per string is perhaps the major
> memory problem in R - we didn't design it with large problems in mind.
> It is probably fixable, but it will mean a lot of work)."
> We all know the story; an endless number of hours has been put in by
> many contributors throughout the years, making The R Project and its
> community the great experience it is today.
> Thank you!
> Henrik
No fooling?

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