Updates to Hmisc and Design Libraries

Frank E Harrell Jr fharrell at virginia.edu
Sun Sep 22 02:29:20 CEST 2002

The Hmisc and Design libraries have had major improvements.  New versions for Linux/Unix/Windows may be obtained from http://hesweb1.med.virginia.edu/biostat/s/library/r

Thanks to Xiao Gang Fan for porting the libraries to Windows once again.

Change logs may be obtained from http://hesweb1.med.virginia.edu/biostat/s/library/common

Several bugs have been fixed in Design, and many bugs have been fixed in Hmisc and new features and functions have been added.  Advanced table making functions related to summary.formula have been enhanced to automatically add results of statistical tests comparing columns in tables.  Some new latex options have been added.  The contents function has been enhanced and an html method written for it.  For example, html(contents(mydataframe)) will produce an html document whose initial part is a table containing variable names, labels, units, storage mode, number of levels, and number of NAs.  The number of levels is hyperlinked to a separate table containin the factor levels.

R help files for Hmisc have been significantly improved.  But there are many aspects of Hmisc and Design help files that still do not pass R CMD CHECK, hence the non-appearance of Hmisc and Design on CRAN.  It will take some time to make all the help files meet CRAN package specifications.

Thanks to those who have reported bugs and fixes.

Frank E Harrell Jr              Prof. of Biostatistics & Statistics
Div. of Biostatistics & Epidem. Dept. of Health Evaluation Sciences
U. Virginia School of Medicine  http://hesweb1.med.virginia.edu/biostat
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