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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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RcppEigen 0.3.2.5.0

July 15, 2015
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A new release of RcppEigen arrived on CRAN and in Debian yesterday. It synchronizes the Eigen code with the 3.2.5 upstream release. Once again, Yixuan Qiu did most of the heavy lifting in one very nice pull request, and I added some minor updates to ...

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RcppGSL 0.2.5

July 13, 2015
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A new version of RcppGSL arrived on CRAN a couple of days ago. This package provides an interface from R to the GNU GSL using our Rcpp package. In the course of preparation for the higher-performance R via C++ course I gave in Zuerich last month, I o...

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RcppRedis 0.1.4

July 12, 2015
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A small update to RcppRedis arrived on CRAN a few days ago. One of the unit tests failed as we (still) initialized the rredis package (loaded only for a comparison) in a form long-internalized by Bryan Lewis, its author. No actual changes to function...

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random 0.2.5

July 11, 2015
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A few days ago and while we were traveling, an updated release of our random package for truly (hardware-based) random numbers as provided by random.org arrived on CRAN. Brian Ripley had pointed out to us that some of the curl implementations (which ...

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pkgKitten 0.1.3: Still creating R Packages that purr

June 13, 2015
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A new release, now at version 0.1.3, of pkgKitten arrived on CRAN this morning. The main change is (optional) support of the excellent whoami package by Gabor which allows us to fill in the Author: and Maintainer: fields of the DESCRIPTION file with ...

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