R 3.1.2 released with over 6,000 CRAN packages available

October 31, 2014
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The latest update to the world's most popular statistical data analysis software is now available. R 3.1.2 (codename: "Pumpkin Helmet") makes a number of minor improvements and bug fixes to the R language engine. You can see the complete list of changes here, which include improvements for the log-Normal distribution function, improved axis controls for histograms, a fix to the nlminb optimizer which was causing rare crashes on Windows (and traced to a bug in the gcc compiler), and some compatibility updates for the Yosemite release of OS X on Macs.

This latest update comes on the heels of another major R milestone: the CRAN package repository now features more than 6,000 user-contributed packages! (CRAN actually hit that milestone two days ago; as of this writing there are actually 6,004.) These packages are all ready to use with R 3.1.2 — the CRAN system automatically checks to make sure the packages pass all of their test with the latest R version. You can search and explore R packages on MRAN, or simply browse R packages by topic area

Revolution R Open will be updated to include R 3.1.2 very soon: the next update is in testing now and should be ready in a couple of weeks. 

r-devel mailing list: R 3.1.2 is released

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