[R] memory efficiency in R

Ben Bolker ben at zoo.ufl.edu
Mon Oct 18 23:55:46 CEST 1999

  I'm trying to answer a question from a student about memory use in R
(I won't go into the details right here).

  I have a really vague memory of having read a document, possibly by
Venables or Ripley, discussing the awfulness of memory allocation in
S-PLUS, and giving (in the context of a bootstrapping analysis of shoe
size data??) some general strategies for conserving memory in S-PLUS.  I
can't locate this discussion any more: it's not in any versions of "Notes
on S-Plus" or "Notes on R" I can get my hands on.  It might be in one of
the S books (V&R, blue book, "Statistical Models in S") but I don't have
access to any of them right now.  I realize that memory usage issues will
be somewhat different in S-PLUS and R (and possibly in later versions of
S-PLUS), but I still the discussion might be useful.

  Does this ring any bells for anyone?

    Ben Bolker

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