New package packagefinder – Search for packages from the R console

July 5, 2018

(This article was first published on Topics in R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

There are over 12,700 R packages on CRAN. How to find the right one for you? The new package ‘packagefinder‘ helps you search for packages on CRAN right from the R console. With ‘packagefinder’ you can search for multiple keywords in the name, title and description of the CRAN package, either case-sensitive or insensitive and define your own weighting scheme for the search results, if you like. Once you have found a promising package, you can use the simple function go() to go to the package’s CRAN webpage or view its PDF manual, directly from the R console without having to installing the package first. Of course, you can also install the package easily, if you want to try it out. Check our ‘packagefinder’ on CRAN:

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