[R-pkgs] Version 1.2-0 of the Rcmdr package

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Wed Aug 30 13:37:36 CEST 2006

I've submitted a new, and substantially enhanced, version (1.2-0) of the
Rcmdr package to CRAN. Some highlights (from the CHANGES) file:

   o  Added ability to import from Excel, Access or dBase files (contributed
by Samir Messad, Renaud Lancelot and Matthieu Lesnoff).

   o  Added ability to read data from the clipboard (suggested by Graham

   o  Added "Data -> Active data set -> Stack variables in active data set"
(suggested by Richard Heiberger).
   o  Added many probability distributions, courtesy of Miroslav Ristic and
G. Jay Kerns, Andy Chang, and Theophilius Boye.
   o  Added dialogs to sample from probability distributions; divided
distributions menus into Continuous and Discrete.
   o  Added totPercents function. Added total percentages and components of
chi-square to two-way tables (suggested by Richard Heiberger).
   o  Added "Statistics -> Summaries -> Count missing observations".
   o  Added "Statistics -> Summaries -> Correlation test", contributed by
Stefano Calza.
   o  The numerical summaries, table of statistics, frequency distributions,
numeric to factor, and recode dialogs will now process multiple variables in
parallel (suggested by Bo Sommerlund).
   o  Added function numSummaries for neater output from "Statistics ->
Summaries -> Numerical summaries" (motivated by comments from Bo
   o  XY conditioning plots dialog added, courtesy of Richard Heiberger.
   o  Enhancements to 3D scatterplots.

   o  Small interface improvements (e.g., pressing letter key in a list box
moves to next entry starting with that letter).

   o  New Rcmdr options (etc and etcMenus) determine where the Commander
will look for its configuration and menu files (motivated by a suggestion by
Richard Heiberger).
Rcmdr version 1.2-0 includes revised Catalan and Japanese translations
(courtesy of Manel Salamero and Takaharu Araki); as other revised
translations become available, I'll submit updated versions of the package
to CRAN. Version 1.2-1 will also have a revised introductory manual.

As usual, bug reports, comments, and suggestions are welcome.


John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

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