UCLA and LA RUG talks on R and C++ integration

April 4, 2010

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We spent last week in the LA area and had a generally good time out west. I
was able to sneak in two talks and a group discussion, thanks to the help by
Jan de Leeuw (and everybody at UCLA’s Stats department) as well as by Szilard
Pafka representing the LA R User’s Group. Pdf files for the slides for the talks
are now on my presentations
page in both a
compact handout and
presentation slide version
(where the content is identical; if in doubt use the first file).

The talks centered around R and C++ integration using both Rcpp and
RInside and
summarise where both projects stand after all the recent work
Romain and I put in over
the last few months. The presentations went fairly well; I received some
favourable comments.

Szilard and the R User Group had also suggested a group discussion about
CRAN, its growth and how to maximise
its usefulness. Given my CRANberries feed,
my work on the CRAN Task Views
for Empirical Finance and
with R as well as our
cran2deb binary package
generator, I had some views and ideas that helped frame the discussion which
turned out to very useful and informed. So maybe we should do this User
Group thing in Chicago too!

Special thanks to Jan de Leeuw and Szilard Pafka for organising the meeting,
talks and discussion.

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