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inline 0.3.14

April 13, 2015
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The inline package facilitates writing code in-line in simple string expressions or short files. The package is mature and in maintenance mode: Rcpp used it greatly for several years but then moved on to Rcpp Attributes so we have a much limited need...

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drat 0.0.3: More features, more fixes, more documentation

April 10, 2015
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Several weeks ago we introduced the drat package. Its name stands for drat R Archive Template, and it helps with easy-to-create and easy-to-use repositories for R packages. Two early blog posts describe drat: First Steps Towards Lightweight Repositor...

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R / Finance 2015 Open for Registration

March 31, 2015
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The annoucement below just went to the R-SIG-Finance list. More information is as usual at the R / Finance page. Registration for R/Finance 2015 is now open! The conference will take place on May 29 and 30, at UIC in Chicago. Building on the success of the previous conferences in 2009-2014, we expect more than 250 attendees from around...

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littler 0.2.3

March 14, 2015
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littler 0.2.3

A new minor release of littler is available now. It adds or extends a number of things: added support for drat by adding a new example installDrat.r; the install.r, install2.r and check.r scripts now use getOption("repos") to set the default repos; this works well with drat and multiple repos set via, e.g. ~/.littler.r or...

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Why Drat? A Guest Post by Steven Pav

March 13, 2015
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Editorial Note: The following post was kindly contributed by Steven Pav. Why Drat? After playing around with drat for a few days now, my impressions of it are best captured by Dirk's quote: It just works. Demo To get some idea of what I mean by this, suppose you are a happy consumer of R packages, but want access to, say, the...

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Rcpp 0.11.5

March 6, 2015
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The new release 0.11.5 of Rcpp just reached the CRAN network for GNU R, and a Debian package has also been be uploaded. Rcpp has become the most popular way of enhancing GNU R with C++ code. As of today, 345 packages on CRAN depend on Rcpp for making analyses go faster...

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drat 0.0.2: Improved Support for Lightweight R Repositories

March 1, 2015
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A few weeks ago we introduced the drat package. Its name stands for drat R Archive Template, and it helps with easy-to-create and easy-to-use repositories for R packages. Two early blog posts describe drat: First Steps Towards Lightweight Repositorie...

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RcppEigen 0.3.2.4.0

February 28, 2015
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A new release of RcppEigen is now on CRAN and in Debian. It synchronizes the Eigen code with the 3.2.4 upstream release, and updates the RcppEigen.package.skeleton() package creation helper to use the kitten() function from pkgKitten for enhanced pac...

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RcppArmadillo 0.4.650.1.1 (and also 0.4.650.2.0)

February 26, 2015
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A new Armadillo release 4.650.1 was released by Conrad a few days ago. Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. It turned out that this release had one shortcoming with respect to the C++11...

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drat Tutorial: Publishing a package

February 22, 2015
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Introduction The drat package was released earlier this month, and described in a first blog post. I received some helpful feedback about what works and what doesn't. For example, Jenny Bryan pointed out that I was not making a clear enough distinction between the role of using drat to publish code, and using drat to...

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