[R] Documentation General Comments

Dr. Jeff Miller jeffmiller at alphapoint05.net
Tue Apr 22 00:36:10 CEST 2008

I agree completely.  Maybe it's time for an exhaustive manual (with weekly
downloadable updates, of course).

It would also be nice if it were cross-referenced. For example, to get what
I wanted last weekend from a simple 2x2 contingency analysis, I had to
bounce between 4 different libraries. (All I was trying to do was replicate
the output from SAS Proc Freq).

A lot of the library documentations have a See Also section but these may be
getting out of date.  

But maybe our request is too monumental to be feasible. (?)


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I realize the R developers are probably overwhelmed and have little time for
this, but the documentation really needs some serious reorganizaton.
A good through description of basic variable types would help a lot, e.g.
the difference between lists, arrays, matrices and frames. And, it appears
there is some object-orientation to R, but it is not complete. I can't, for
instance find a "metafile" method for a "recordedplot" type, using either
the variable direclty or the replayPlot() method. I am sorry to post this,
but I am really having trouble sorting out certain methods in "R". The basic
tutorial "Introduction to R" is so basic, it hardly helps at all, then
digging through documentation is really an exercise in frustration. The
SimpleR is also so basic it is of little help other than to just get
started. I occasionally find answers in the mailing list. See my later post
on recordPlot for a good example. 

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