#4: Simpler shoulders()

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Welcome to the fourth post in the repulsively random R ramblings series, or R4 for short.

My twitter feed was buzzing about a nice (and as yet unpublished, ie not-on-CRAN) package https://github.com/dirkschumacher/thankr by Dirk Schumacher which compiles a a list of packages (ordered by maintainer count) for your current session (or installation or …) with a view towards saying thank you to those whose packages we rely upon. Very nice indeed.

I had a quick look and run it twice … and had a reaction of ewwww, really? as running it twice gave different results as on the second instance a boatload of tibblyverse packages appeared. Because apparently kids these day can only slice data that has been tidied or something.

So I had another quick look … and put together an alternative version using just base R (as there was only one subfunction that needed reworking):

format_pkg_df <- function(df) { # non-tibblyverse variant
    tb <- table(df[,2])
    od <- order(tb, decreasing=TRUE)
    ndf <- data.frame(maint=names(tb)[od], npkgs=as.integer(tb[od]))
    colpkgs <- function(m, df) { paste(df[ df$maintainer == m, "pkg_name"], collapse=",") }
    ndf[, "pkg"] <- sapply(ndf$maint, colpkgs, df)

Running this in the ESS session I had open gives:

R> shoulders()  ## by Dirk Schumacher, with small modifications
                               maint npkgs                                                                 pkg
1 R Core Team      9 compiler,graphics,tools,utils,grDevices,stats,datasets,methods,base
2 Dirk Eddelbuettel      4                                  RcppTOML,Rcpp,RApiDatetime,anytime
3  Matt Dowle      1                                                          data.table

and for good measure a screen is below:

I think we need a catchy moniker for R work using good old base R. SoberVerse? GrumbyOldFolksR? PlainOldR? Better suggestions welcome.

This post by Dirk Eddelbuettel originated on his Thinking inside the box blog. Please report excessive re-aggregation in third-party for-profit settings.

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