[R] Formal definitions of R-language.

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Thu Jul 17 09:07:52 CEST 2003

M.Kondrin wrote:

> Hello!
> Some CS-guys (the type who knows what Church formalism is) keep asking 
> me questions about formal definitions of R-language that I can not 
> answer (or even understand). Is there some freely available papers which 
> I can throw at them where it would be explained is R 
> functional/OOP/procedural language, does it use weak/strong, 
> dynamic/static typization, does it use lazy or ...(do not know what) 
> evaluation, what sort of garbage collector it uses?
> Thanks.

R ships with a draft version of the manual "R Language Definition".
Another source is Venables & Ripley (2000): S Programming, Springer.

Uwe Ligges

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