[R] R binaries, platform independent and Design of Experiments

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Thu Sep 1 14:37:41 CEST 2005

Nam-Ky Nguyen wrote:

> Dear Rexpert,
> I would like to thank those who spend time  answering my email on the
> burning of a CD with all R binary files for Windows and Linux. I have
> tried a couple of suggestions but have not been successful. I will pass
> these suggestions to our system administrator and I am sure that he can
> sort them out.
> I hope that the future version of R will be written in Java so that it is
> platform independent. This means there will be a single binary file for
> each new version of R. At the moment there are files for Windows, Mac OS,
> Fedora 1, 2, 3, 4, SUSE 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, etc.

Honestly ......
a) The sources are available and really easy to compile on all those 
operating systems.
b) You do NOT want to do numerical computations on software available in 
Java byte code.

> I also hope that the future of version of R include more DOE (Design of
> Experiments) modules. R will be more useful if it is not only a language

There are some packages availabe with tools for DOE, please check CRAN.
Further contributions from users who like to do DOE (like you!) are 
welocme, of course!

Uwe Ligges

> and environment for statistical computing and graphics, but also for
> design of experiments. I am toying with the idea of adding to R some
> modules of my Gendex DOE toolkit (http://designcomputing.net/gendex/). I
> learn from an Rexpert that the first step for this exercise is to convert
> my java code to C++.  As I do not know C++ (and life is short) please let
> me know whether there is an alternative way without this conversion and
> whether you can actively help me in this exercise.
> Regards,

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