[R-pkg-devel] r-quantities seeking feedback

David Hugh-Jones davidhughjones at gmail.com
Fri Oct 6 22:28:53 CEST 2017

Many measurements have no unit, but some uncertainty - e.g. the b and se
from an arbitrary regression. Can you give specific examples of the
advantages from binding these packages tightly together?

On Fri, 6 Oct 2017 at 21:23, Iñaki Úcar <i.ucar86 at gmail.com> wrote:

> El 6 oct. 2017 19:13, "David Hugh-Jones" <davidhughjones at gmail.com>
> escribió:
> One question that comes to mind: what's the synergy? I e why are units and
> errors best handled together? I use standard errors a lot, but never
> units... I would like a standard way to represent uncertainty but don't
> think I need the other stuff.
> You will always be able to use errors (or units) alone if you wish, but
> every measurement has a unit and some uncertainty, so we think it's
> interesting to have the possibility of handling them in a unified way (I/O,
> propagation, automatic axes and error bars in plots...).
> Iñaki
> Cheers,
> D
> On Fri, 6 Oct 2017 at 17:25, Iñaki Úcar <i.ucar86 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> Edzer Pebesma and I are combining forces into a new GitHub
>> organisation called "r-quantities", to which we have moved the CRAN
>> packages 'units', 'errors' and 'constants'. The idea is to write a new
>> package called 'quantities' to integrate 'units' and 'errors' into a
>> comprehensive solution for dealing with quantity values + uncertainty
>> calculus.
>> Given that a significant fraction of R users, both practitioners and
>> researchers, use R to analyse measurements, we believe that the R
>> community would benefit from such a project. Moreover, to the best of
>> our knowledge, there exists no such an integrated and automated
>> framework outside the R language.
>> We would like to share a proposal [1] to be submitted to the R
>> Consortium before October 15. Until then, we kindly invite the R
>> package developers to review it. Any feedback or contribution would be
>> very helpful.
>> [1] https://github.com/r-quantities/proposal
>> Regards,
>> Iñaki
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