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CRAN does not validate R packages!

Posted in pictures, R, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2019 by xi'an

A friend called me the other day for advice on how to submit an R package to CRAN along with a proof his method was mathematically sound. I replied with some items of advice taken from my (limited) experience with submitting packages. And with the remark that CRAN would not validate the mathematical contents of the associated package manual. Nor even the validity of the R code towards delivering the right outcome as stated in the manual. This shocked him quite seriously as he thought having a package accepted by CRAN was a stamp of validation of both the method and the R code. It would be nice of course but would require so much manpower that it seems unrealistic. Some middle ground is to aim at a journal or a peer community validation where both code and methods are vetted. Which happens for instance with the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. Or the Journal of Statistical Software (which should revise its instructions to authors that states “The majority of software published in JSS is written in S, MATLAB, SAS/IML, C++, or Java”. S, really?!)

As for the validity of the latest release of R (currently R-3.6.1 which came out on 2019-07-05, named Action of the Toes!), I figure the bazillion R programs currently running should be able to detect any defect pretty fast, although awareness of the incredible failure of sample() reported in an earlier post took a while to appear.

non-parametric Bayes at Telecom ParisTech

Posted in pictures, Statistics, University life with tags , , , on September 5, 2012 by xi'an

On Thursday, September 6, Telecom ParisTech holds a conference on “Méthodes bayésiennes non paramétriques pour le Traitement du Signal et des Images“. Attendance is free. It will start at 10am with a tutorial by Michael Jordan who is visiting Paris this academic year (great!).

art brut

Posted in pictures with tags , , , on August 11, 2012 by xi'an

art brut

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on August 5, 2012 by xi'an

art brut

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on August 1, 2012 by xi'an

art brut

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on July 16, 2012 by xi'an