Looking Up R / CRAN Package Maintainers With an ac.uk Affiliation

September 10, 2019
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Trying to find an examiner for a particular PhD thesis relating to a rather interesting datastructure for wrangling messy datatables, I wondered whether we might find a likely suspect amongst the R package maintainer community.

We can get a list of R package maintainers here and a list of package name / short descriptions here.

FWIW, here’s the code fragment:

import pandas as pd

maintainers = pd.read_html('https://cran.r-project.org/web/checks/check_summary_by_maintainer.html')[0]
maintainers_email = maintainers.dropna(subset=[0])
maintainers_email[maintainers_email[0].str.contains('.ac.uk')][[0,1]]

packages = pd.read_html('https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/available_packages_by_name.html')[0]
packages

maintainers_email_acuk = maintainers_email[maintainers_email[0].str.contains('.ac.uk')][[0,1]]
maintainers_email_acuk.merge(packages,left_on=1,right_on=0)

See also: What Do you Mean You Write Code EVERY DAY?, examples of which I’ve just turned into a new blog category: WDYMYWCED.

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