[R] How to google for R stuff?
murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu May 21 03:43:05 CEST 2009
On 20/05/2009 10:01 AM, cryan at binghamton.edu wrote:
> For Google searches, I find that throwing in the term cran on every search helps weed out irrelevant pages.
> For example, instead of
> r residuals
> I type
> r cran residuals
You are very picky. When I enter
into Google, 8 out of the first 10 hits are for R topics. Isn't that
good enough for you?
I think this is true of most Google searches: the letter R most often
means the R project.
> --Chris Ryan
> ---- Original message ----
>> Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 09:43:14 -0400
>> From: Luc Villandre <villandl at dms.umontreal.ca>
>> Subject: Re: [R] How to google for R stuff?
>> To: Kynn Jones <kynnjo at gmail.com>
>> Cc: r-help at r-project.org
>> Kynn Jones wrote:
>>> Hi! I'm new to R programming, though I've been programming in other
>>> languages for years.
>>> One thing I find most frustrating about R is how difficult it is to use
>>> Google (or any other search tool) to look for answers to my R-related
>>> questions. With languages with even slightly more distinctive names like
>>> Perl, Java, Python, Matlab, OCaml, etc., usually including the name of the
>>> language in the query is enough to ensure that the top hits are relevant.
>>> But this trick does not work for R, because the letter R appears by itself
>>> in so many pages, that the chaff overwhelms the wheat, so to speak.
>>> So I'm curious to learn what strategies R users have found to get around
>>> this annoyance.
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>> Hi Kynn,
>> I've had this problem too in the beginning. Luckily, my personal
>> experience has taught me that almost all relevant R-related information
>> can be found either by searching directly through the archives of the
>> different R-forums or by using the functions "RSiteSearch()" or
>> "help.search()". The reference manuals provided with each package
>> (easily accessible on CRAN) are also invaluable sources of information.
>> Unfortunately, phrasing queries in a way that will yield relevant
>> results is sometimes hard. Knowledge of the terminology mostly comes
>>from experience, so patience is in order.
>> Of course, as a last recourse, there's always the mailing list.
>> Bottom line is, I suggest you try to avoid generic search engines and
>> concentrate your efforts on the different R-forums (note that there are
>> also package-specific forums).
>> I suspect the more experienced R-users might have better strategies to
>> propose though...
>> *Luc Villandré*
>> McGill University Health Center -
>> Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute/
>> R-help at r-project.org mailing list
>> PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
>> and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
> R-help at r-project.org mailing list
> PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
> and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
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