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RcppDE 0.1.3

August 24, 2015
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A pure maintenance release 0.1.3 of the RcppDE package arrived on CRAN yesterday. RcppDE is a "port" of DEoptim, a popular package for derivative-free optimisation using differential optimization, to C++. By using RcppArmadillo, the code becomes a lot shorter and more legible. This version simply fixes a typo in the vignette metadata noticed by Kurt, and...

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RcppArmadillo 0.5.400.2.0

August 17, 2015
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RcppArmadillo 0.5.400.2.0

A new Armadillo release 5.400.2 was just released by Conrad. Consequently, a new RcppArmadillo release 0.5.400.2.0 went out to CRAN and into Debian. 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...

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Rblpapi: Connecting R to Bloomberg

August 14, 2015
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Rblpapi: Connecting R to Bloomberg

Whit, John and I are thrilled to announce Rblapi, a new CRAN package which connects R to the Bloomberg backends. Rebuilt from scratch using only the Bloomberg C++ API and the Rcpp and BH packages, it offers efficient and direct access from R to a truly vast...

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drat 0.1.0: Even more repository support

August 8, 2015
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drat 0.1.0: Even more repository support

A new version 0.1.0 of the drat package arrived on CRAN today. Its name stands for drat R Archive Template, and it helps with easy-to-create and easy-to-use repositories for R packages, and is finding increasing by other projects. This version 0.1.0...

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RcppArmadillo 0.5.300.4.0

August 4, 2015
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RcppArmadillo 0.5.300.4.0

A new Armadillo release 5.300.4 was prepared by Conrad the other day, and we prepared a new corresponding RcppArmadillo release 0.5.300.4.0 which is now on CRAN and in way into Debian. Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed...

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Evading the “Hadley tax”: Faster Travis tests for R

July 26, 2015
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Evading the “Hadley tax”: Faster Travis tests for R

Hadley is a popular figure, and rightly so as he successfully introduced many newcomers to the wonders offered by R. His approach strikes some of us old greybeards as wrong---I particularly take exception with some of his writing which frequently portrays a particular approach as both the best and only one. Real programming, I think, is...

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RcppZiggurat 0.1.3: Faster Random Normal Draws

July 26, 2015
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RcppZiggurat 0.1.3: Faster Random Normal Draws

After a slight hiatus since the last release in early 2014, we are delighted to announce a new release of RcppZiggurat which is now on the CRAN network for R. The RcppZiggurat package updates the code for the Ziggurat generator which provides very f...

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Rcpp 0.12.0: Now with more Big Data!

July 25, 2015
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Rcpp 0.12.0: Now with more Big Data!

A new release 0.12.0 of Rcpp arrived on the CRAN network for GNU R this morning, and I also pushed a Debian package upload. Rcpp has become the most popular way of enhancing GNU R with C++ code. As of today, 423 packages on CRAN depend on Rcpp...

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RcppRedis 0.1.5

July 17, 2015
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Another small update to RcppRedis arrived on CRAN this morning. The fix I made a few days ago addressing a unit test setup (for the rredis package loaded only for a comparison) didn't quite work out. Changes in version 0.1.5 (2015-07-17) Anothe...

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RcppTOML 0.0.4

July 17, 2015
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We introduced RcppTOML in April with the initial CRAN release 0.0.3. It permits R to read the (absolutely awesome) TOML format which is simply fabulous for configuration files. A new version appeared on CRAN yesterday. We had observed a somewhat rare...

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