[R] How about a mascot for R?

Thomas Yee t.yee at auckland.ac.nz
Fri Dec 3 23:46:41 CET 2004

On Fri, Dec 03, 2004 at 03:04:52PM +1300, David Scott wrote:

 >As to an animal mascot, I think a New Zealand mascot is a must, and
 >suggestions of Australian ones would not be warmly received by New
 >Zealanders. (To clarify, despite the address, I am Australian.)
 >My suggestion is the Kea: inquisitive and intelligent. See:


I endorse David's comment that an Australian mascot chosen for R would
not be warmly received by New Zealanders!  But at the end of the day,
Ross and Robert ought to give whatever choice the definitive yes or no.

ps. Ross has Maori origins, so a native NZ animal is a better idea
than usual. One good thing about the Kea is that another native NZ bird,
called a
Weka, is the name of a well-known machine learning software package
(also free) which was developed about 100 miles south of Auckland,
at the CS department of Waikato University.
See http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~ml
However, having R indirectly associated with a similar free software package
has its good and bad points.


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