[R] # of users of R

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Wed Jun 21 18:09:47 CEST 2000

On Wed, Jun 21, 2000 at 08:36:23AM -0700, Thomas Lumley wrote:
> Also cases with fewer than 1 user, ie "Hmm. R looks like an interesting
> package. Maybe I should install it in case I need to do some statistics
> some time."
> or
> "We're a math department, we want all of the mathematical packages"
> or even people who install everything.
> Obviously that last group will be overrepresented in the Debian popularity
> contest.

Well, popularity-contest tries to be a little smarter and uses atime and
ctime as reported by find(1) to differentiate between 'used' and 'installed
but not used' as well as 'recently installed' software.

The full result for r-base is 35 'recently used', 49 'installed but not
used' and 8 'recently upgraded'. 

However, your critic might still be valid here as upon installation, the
postinst script uses perl to adjust the R_PAPERSIZE based on paperconf(1).
This mightprobably triggers the atime upon package upgrade. 


According to the latest figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.
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