Happy Thanksgiving!

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Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, where the nation’s citizens pause to reflect on what they are thankful for. I’d like to take this opportunity to give thanks to the members of the R Core Group who developed R, and continue to donate their time to help the community use R by improving R, writing documentation, maintaining the build systems on a huge number of platforms, maintaining the CRAN system and working with developers to approve packages, answering questions on mailing lists, and much much more. Much of this work goes on invisibly behind the scenes, and the R community has much to thank of these volunteers. The members of the R core group are:
  • Douglas Bates
  • John Chambers
  • Peter Dalgaard
  • Robert Gentleman
  • Kurt Hornik
  • Ross Ihaka
  • Michael Lawrence
  • Friedrich Leisch
  • Uwe Ligges
  • Thomas Lumley
  • Martin Maechler
  • Martin Morgan
  • Duncan Murdoch
  • Paul Murrell
  • Martyn Plummer
  • Brian Ripley
  • Deepayan Sarkar
  • Duncan Temple Lang
  • Luke Tierney
  • Simon Urbanek
  • plus Heiner Schwarte up to October 1999, Guido Masarotto up to June 2003, Stefano Iacus up to July 2014 and Seth Falcon up to August 2015.
If you’re in the US or celebrating Thanksgiving elsewhere, have a great day. To celebrate the occasion, Kieran Healey offers us this Thanksgiving Turkey, created in just 3 lines of R code (4 with my slight modification for posterity). Enjoy! TurkeyHere’s the code:  

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