[R] R function help arranged in categorical order ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 5 16:51:09 CET 2003

On Wed, 5 Nov 2003, David Brahm wrote:

> Neil Osborne <r_stuff_online at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Is any one aware of R help documentation that is aranged in functional
> > categories for e.g.:
> >   String manipulation
> >   File I/O
> >   Dataframe, List manipulation
> There really oughta be.  Several people replied with ways to search the
> help, but that assumes you know the specific task you want to perform,
> and the right "keyword" to describe it.  Beginners often just want to
> learn what's available.

Well, as described in your quotation you need to know the `functional
categories' and help.start's search page does list the known `functional
categories' and will list under each one. So there really IS, not `oughta 

Similarly help.search can list by categories, aka keywords.  Perhaps its 
help page needs to say where the list of standard keywords is.

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