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    R-CRAN Packages - Too much to handle

    Today, I was avoiding doing something productive, so I reviewed the list of packages available for R. I am currently downloading the PDF help files for ~50 packages or so. I "thought" I was becoming a reasonably competent R programmer but now I know that I haven't even scratched the surface of what R can do. Some of these packages look insanely useful such as:


    • experiment
    • FactoMineR
    • HTMLUtils
    • RGoogleMaps !!!! (This one is neat)

    There a few that look interesting but I have no use for, such as sugaR and the twitter client (Who needs to twitter from within R?). And there are the few hundred that I don't even understand. Admittedly, I don't claim to know much about hydrology, astro-physics or some of the other funky topics covered by some of these packages, but the wealth of technology is overwhelming.

    If you've got a spare hour, reading through this list could be a very productive activity. Enjoy.
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    Re: R-CRAN Packages - Too much to handle

    Thank you for the link. I think I'm in the same boat as you. I get along pretty well in R for the things I want to do, but every now and then I get a much larger glimpse where I realize that there are more things in the R heaven and earth than can be dreamt of in my R philosophy.

    Edit: I forgot to add that now I will now end up spending time avoiding productive work so that I can peruse that list!
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    Re: R-CRAN Packages - Too much to handle

    Thank you for the link. I just realized I had been downloading the Penn World Tables manually, but there's a package that already has them! And it's even updated to the most current version.

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    Re: R-CRAN Packages - Too much to handle

    Yeah, after looking at the breadth of packages available, I downloaded about 50 PDF manuals. Some of these are the manuals for packages I already have installed but many were for packages that I had never heard of, and I need to read more about them before deciding if I want to install them and try them out.

    I am especially interested in the HTML out packages.
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    Re: R-CRAN Packages - Too much to handle

    I came across some interesting use of the twitteR-package http://www.drewconway.com/zia/?p=1471 I found the link From Twitter of course..

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    Re: R-CRAN Packages - Too much to handle

    Saw an R app at the iTunes store, it's called R instructor. Anybody downloaded/heard of it?

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    Re: R-CRAN Packages - Too much to handle


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