[R] version 0.5 of my libraries

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Jul 5 17:10:30 CEST 1999

>>>>> On Thu, 1 Jul 1999 12:34, Jim Lindsey <jlindsey at alpha.luc.ac.be> said:

    Jim> I have just uploaded version 0.5 of my libraries to the CRAN site.
    Jim> Hopefully, they will shortly become available.

    Jim> New features include:

    Jim> 1. A function (binnest in repeated) for binary data with two levels of
    Jim> nesting based on Tom Ten Have's recent Stat in Medicine paper.
    Jim> (Tom's Fortran90 routines have a builtin Newton Raphson-type
    Jim> optimizer with analytic first derivatives for these models.
    Jim> Unfortunately, this does not appear to work nearly as well as the
    Jim> Dennis and Schnabel routine in nlm that calculates numerical
    Jim> derivatives. However, as it was part of the package, I left it as
    Jim> is.)

And that part is not Fortran77, 
e.g. Solaris' f77  (which is said to have good properties) 
cannot compile it.

1) End-line-comments starting with "!" work,
   but not when the "!" comes too early in an otherwise empty line.

   Note however that endline "!" may not work at all on other f77's,
   since afaik these are newer than Fortran77.

2) `<=' instead of `.le.' are not liked at all

[I'll send diffs to Jim privately]

    Jim> 2. The elliptic function in growth now fits multivariate Student t
    Jim> models as well as multivariate normal and multivariate power
    Jim> exponential (all are multivariate elliptical distributions).
    Jim> 3. elliptic now provides recursive predicted values for many models.
    Jim> 4. many functions can now have common parameters in the location
    Jim> regression and in the dispersion regression models.
    Jim> 5. Plus many enhancements and a few bug corrections (see changes.txt).

Thank you !

    Jim> Bug reports are welcome. Alpha version 0.6 will shortly start to
    Jim> appear on www.luc.ac.be/~jlindsey/rcode.html.
(not yet)

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