[Rd] Native implementation of rowMedians()

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon May 14 10:33:51 CEST 2007

On Mon, 14 May 2007, Martin Maechler wrote:

> Hi Henrik,
>>>>>> "HenrikB" == Henrik Bengtsson <hb at stat.berkeley.edu>
>>>>>>     on Sun, 13 May 2007 21:14:24 -0700 writes:
>    HenrikB> Hi,
>    HenrikB> I've got a version of rowMedians(x, na.rm=FALSE) for matrices that
>    HenrikB> handles missing values implemented in C.  It has been optimized for
>    HenrikB> memory and speed.  To avoid coercing integers to doubles, and hence
>    HenrikB> allocate an additional 200% memory, there is one C function for
>    HenrikB> integers and one for doubles.
>    HenrikB> The rowMedians() implementation is currently sitting in my non-CRAN
>    HenrikB> package R.native available by:
>    HenrikB> source("http://www.braju.com/R/hbLite.R")
>    HenrikB> hbLite("R.native")
>    HenrikB> library(R.native)
>    HenrikB> example(rowMedians)
>    HenrikB> The source code package is available at:
>    HenrikB> http://www.braju.com/R/repos/R.native_0.1.2.tar.gz
>    HenrikB> Before I submit a package to CRAN consisting of pretty much just
>    HenrikB> rowMedians(), would it make more sense for it to go into one of the
>    HenrikB> core packages?  If so, how should I proceed?
> As they say: You have to convince at least one member of R-core
> that ``it's worth it''.  {Then he may have to bear the battle
> with dissenting core members  ;- }
> I'm quite interested, but really you have to do the work of unbundling
> it from all the R.oo stuff before I have another longer look.

Also, the 'a version of rowMedians' made me wonder what other version 
there was, and it seems there is one in Biobase which looks a more 
natural home.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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