[R-wiki] Top level organization

Ben Bolker bolker at zoo.ufl.edu
Sat Feb 4 02:18:01 CET 2006

Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> Yes, I am looking at that link.  Reproducing part of it here:
> Getting Started
> Do you want to know what R is, or do you want to start using it? Get
> started. I tried to make the section header into a link to
> getting-started:getting-started, but DocuWiki didn't seem to
> understand ...
[ SNIP ]
> Tips & Tricks
> ...
> Now the last three are Manuals, Cookbooks and Tips and Tricks.
> To me a cookbook is the same as tips and tricks.  For example
> there are a number of O'Reilly published books called cookbooks
> that are collections of snippets.
> Thus we need to get rid of the cookbooks category.
> Also what is Statistics with R?  Is that a statistics book that
> happens to use R?  If so, that is not a manual and those
> should not be listed under manuals or else manuals needs
> to be a different word.  I am not sure what is intended here.

   Most of the disagreement (I think) came about because I was
focusing on the top-level structure: I agree that the level-2
structure in "Guides" was sub-optimal.  I went in and changed
it around a bit (Phillippe should of course feel free to
revert!); changed "manuals" to "books" (which I agree connotes something
different), and lumped the two kinds of "books" together --
we'll probably get few enough book-length documents on the
Wiki that they can go together, or be split on a "books"
page if necessary.

   My other comment (which I will probably keep repeating) is
that I think we're getting close to the point where examples --
what material people actually contribute -- will clarify things more
than going back many times about categories.
We may end up arguing about the details of how to split
up categories that don't end up with more than a few items in them ...


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