[R] Three most useful R package

Ivan Calandra ivan.calandra at uni-hamburg.de
Thu Mar 4 16:57:01 CET 2010

Hi Matthew,

Sorry that I've read your email a bit too late and answered to the 
thread before.

You're right about Crantastic, it's a really good thing, and I actually 
voted for the packages I really use (even though a little). It was 
suggested to me by a r-helper some time ago.
I was also surprised to see that there are some 19 users (and it 
increased recently, didn't it?) of "plyr" (which is from the replies 
obviously one of the most used packages). Looks like few people vote on 
Crantastic and I find it sad.
When I'm now looking for a package I go directly there and can find all 
the basic information on all packages, though sometimes the general aim 
of the package is not clearly stated.
Of course, the real potential would be revealed only if all users vote 
for, comment on and write reviews on packages.

Crantastic rules! Thanks for pointing it out!


PS: I'm gonna write some comments on a package or 2!

Le 3/3/2010 18:48, Matthew Dowle a écrit :
> Dieter,
> One way to check if a package is active, is by looking on r-forge. If you
> are referring to data.table you would have found it is actually very active
> at the moment and is far from abandoned.
> What you may be referring to is a warning, not an error, with v1.2 on
> R2.10+.  That was fixed many moons ago. The r-forge version is where its at.
> Rather than commenting in public about a warning on a package, and making a
> conclusion about its abandonment, and doing this without copying the
> maintainer, perhaps you could have contacted the maintainer to let him know
> you had found a problem.  That would have been a more community spirited
> action to take.  Doing that at the time you found out would have been
> helpful too rather than saving it up for now.  Or you can always check the
> svn logs yourself,  as the r-forge guys even made that trivial to do.
> All,
> Can we please now stop this thread ?  The crantastic people worked hard to
> provide a better solution.  If the community refuses to use crantastic,
> thats up to the community, but to start now filling up r-help with votes on
> packages when so much effort was put in to a much much better solution ages
> ago?  Its as quick to put your votes into crantastic as it is to write to
> r-help.  What your problem, folks, with crantastic?   The second reply
> mentioned crantastic but you all chose to ignore it,  it seems.  If you want
> to vote, use crantastic.  If you don't want to vote,  don't vote.  But using
> r-help to vote ?!  The better solution is right there:
> http://crantastic.org/
> Matthew
> "Dieter Menne"<dieter.menne at menne-biomed.de>  wrote in message
> news:1267626882999-1576618.post at n4.nabble.com...
>> Rob Forler wrote:
>>> And data.table because it does aggregation about 50x times faster than
>>> plyr
>>> (which I used to use a lot).
>> This is correct, from the error message its spits out one has to conclude
>> that is was abandoned at R-version 2.4.x
>> Dieter
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