[R] packages & data-sets

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jun 17 12:15:01 CEST 2004

On Thu, 17 Jun 2004, Meinhard Ploner wrote:

> It's possible to create a package with functions and data,
> from which the use
> library(pkg-name)
> "attaches" not only the functions, but also the data?
> I want avoid to use
> data(dataset, package="name")
> because this makes a global copy of the data-set ...

What do you mean by `global'?  You cannot have access to R data without
having it in memory and having it visible.  You don't need to have it in
the user workspace (.GlobalEnv), though.  Suggestions:

1) See how MASS does it.  Data objects are loaded into the MASS namespace 
on first use.

2) See ?attach and attach an R save file containing your datasets -- 
wasteful unless you use them all at once.

It is planned that data() will be superseded by a better mechanism in R 
2.0.0 (but that plan has slipped a bit already, which is why MASS does it 

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