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c2d4u and RRutter Ubuntu PPA Updates

March 14, 2014
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On January 27, 2014 Raring Ringtail (13.04) reached end of life. I have been slowly removing the Raring repositories from the RRutter PPA, c2d4u PPA, and CRAN. I think I have most of that cleaned up, so there is no longer support for R in Raring from...

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Cran2deb4ubuntu: An Update for 2014

January 5, 2014
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I have been a little quiet on the update front for the past few months, so I thought I would give a quick update as 2014 begins. Between increased responsibilities at work (pseudo-department chair) and some family health issues, work on cran2deb4ubunt...

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Multi-threaded OpenBLAS backported to recent Ubuntu releases

August 13, 2013
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OpenBLAS is a multi-threaded BLAS library that has been available in Ubuntu for a while, minus the multi-threading. This has been fixed for the OpenBLAS package to be released in Saucy Salamander, and I have backported the package to the more recent r...

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cran2deb4ubuntu Updated for R 3.0.1 and Ubuntu 13.04

June 12, 2013
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It has taken a long time, but cran2deb4ubuntu has been updated for R 3.0.1. Over 1000 R packages are available as .deb files (with dependicies) for Ubutnu 13.04 (raring), 12.10 (quantal) and 12.04 (precise). These packages can be found at the c2d4u PPA. Instructions on how to install the PPA can be found on this...

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Backporting R 3.0.0 to Quantal, Precise, and Lucid

May 4, 2013
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Today (May 4, 2013) I will begin the process of backporting R 3.0.0 to Quantal, Precise, and Lucid. This will include all the recommended packages and the packages for R found in the universe repository for Ubuntu. Things to keep in mind: If you do...

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R 3.0.0 and Raring Ringtail (Ubuntu 13.04)

April 29, 2013
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New .deb packages for R 3.0.0 on Raring Ringtail (13.04) are available on both CRAN and my Launchpad PPA. Some notes for this release. The initial build for Raring Ringtail did not come with Tcl/Tk being supported. This issue has been addressed and...

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Moving to R 3.0.0 on Ubuntu

March 27, 2013
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As you may (or may not) be aware of, R 3.0.0 is scheduled to be released on April 3rd. Since this is a major release and there may be some growing pains (but I hope not) in the move 3.0.0, here is some information about how I will handle R 3.0.0 on CR...

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R 2.15.3 .deb packages now available for Ubuntu

March 3, 2013
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The latest version of R (2.15.3) is now available for Ubuntu. You can find the packages on CRAN or via my Launchpad PPA. Just before the release of 2.15.3, a patch for "r-base" was released dealing with MD5 sums in the package the caused some problem...

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rjags Updated and Numbering Corrected

September 21, 2012
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On September 18th, Martyn Plummer updated rjags. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, but a question came across the R-sig-debian mailing list about the package at the same time, and I noticed that my Ubuntu 12.04 (precise) machine was using version...

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Comparing Stan to JAGS for Bayesian Inference (Part 1?)

September 5, 2012
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Comparing Stan to JAGS for Bayesian Inference (Part 1?)

Stan is a new, open source, Bayesian inference tool. Stan is based on the the No-U-Turn sampler, a variant of Hamiltonian Monte Carlo. In order to compare Stan with JAGS, a gibbs sampler approach to Bayesian inference, I used the classic WinBUGS rats example. The rats example uses a hierarchical model to look at...

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