[R-pkgs] gregmisc 1.11.2 including read.xls()

Warnes, Gregory R gregory_r_warnes at groton.pfizer.com
Wed Jun 9 20:11:41 CEST 2004

Release 1.11.2 of the gregmisc() package of functions is now available on
CRAN at http://cran.r-project.org/src/contrib/Descriptions/gregmisc.html for
both Unix and Windows systems.

The most notable enhancement provided by this release is:

- read.xls(), a function to read Microsoft Excel files by
  translating them to csv files via the xls2csv.pl script has
  been added.  I've also provided Unix and MS-Windows scripts 
  in <R_LIBRARY_DIR>/gregmisc/bin which allow you to call 
  xls2csv directly.  The code uses perl libraries which are
  included in the package, so perl must be in the execution path.

Other enhancements include:

- Improvements to CrossTable() by Marc Schwartz <MSchwartz at MedAnalytics.com>

- Improvements to ooplot() by Lodewijk Bonebakker <bonebakker at comcast.net>

- plotCI() and plotmeans() now have improved argument handling.

- The running() function now has an additional parameter `simplify'
  which controls whether the returned values are simplified into a
  vector/matrix or left as a list.

- A makefile that will download and attempt to install all available
  packages from CRAN and Bioconductor is now provided in

- space() can now space points along the 'y' dimension.

- Fix an error in the permutations code for repeats.allow=T and r>2.
  Both the bug report and fix are from Elizabeth Purdom
  <epurdom at stanford.edu>.

- Various fixes for compatibility with R 1.9.X.

See the NEWS and ChangeLog files in the .tar.gz file for additional details.


Gregory R. Warnes
Manager, Non-Clinical Statistics
Pfizer Global Research and Development

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