[R] How about a mascot for R?

Jari Oksanen jari.oksanen at oulu.fi
Thu Dec 2 20:32:43 CET 2004

On 2 Dec 2004, at 19:46, (Ted Harding) wrote:

> On 02-Dec-04 Henrik Bengtsson wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
>>> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Damian
>>> Betebenner
>>> Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 6:07 PM
>>> To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
>>> Subject: [R] How about a mascot for R?
>>> Excellent replies,
>>> So a couple of questions about preferences for the mascot:
>>> 1. Does the mascot need to have a name that starts with R? Is
>>> that usually the way it works?
>>> So far the possibilities put forward are: Ray, Ram, Inch
>>> Worm, Rhinoceros
>> R.oo (http://www.maths.lth.se/help/R/R.oo/), ooops Roo, which is
>> Australian slang for Kangaroo. http://images.google.com/images?q=roo
>> Cheers
>> Henrik Bengtsson
> (And of course ".oo" suggests the OO aspect of R as well).
> But what appeals to me about this suggestion is that it made
> me recall "cartoon" drawings I saw many years ago, illustrating
> "leptokurtic" and "platykurtic".
> The "platykurtic" was a profile drawing of a platypus,
> illustrating the flat-topped profile of such a distribution.
> The "leptokurtic" showed two kanagaroos in profile, upright,
> face-to-face, with tails outstretched on the ground behind them.
> The envelope of this drawing illustrated the high peak and the
> long tails. (And of course they are good "leppers").
> Can anyone remember where this appeared?
> LEASE do read the posting guide! 
> http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
I can check that tomorrow when I'm at my office. You can have a look at 
the image at


I think this is a copyright picture, and it cannot be used freely as a 
mascot (and will disappear soon from this address).

cheers, jari oksanen
Jari Oksanen, Oulu, Finland

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