littler 0.0.11

littler is a scripting front-end for GNU R.

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LICENSE TYPE:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
USER RATING:
3.1/5 11
DEVELOPED BY:
Dirk Eddelbuettel
HOMEPAGE:
dirk.eddelbuettel.com
CATEGORY:
ROOT \ Utilities
littler is a scripting front-end for GNU R.

What?

littler provides hash-bang (i.e. script starting with #!/some/path) capability for GNU R, as well as simple command-line and piping use.

Why?

GNU R, a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics, provides a wonderful system for 'programming with data' as well as interactive exploratory analysis, often involving graphs.

Sometimes, however, simple scripts are desired. While R can be used in batch mode, and while so-called 'here' documents can be crafted, a long-standing need for a scripting front-end has often been expressed by the R Community.

littler (pronounced 'little R' and written 'r') aims to fill this need.

It can be used directly on the command-line just like, say, bc(1):

$ echo 'cat(pi^2,"n")' | r
9.869604


Equivalently, commands that are to be evaluated can be given on the command-line

$ r -e 'cat(pi^2, "n")'
9.869604


But unlike bc(1), GNU R has a vast number of statistical functions. For example, we can quickly compute a summary() and show a stem-and-leaf plot for file sizes in a given directory via

$ ls -l /boot | awk '!/^total/ {print $5}' | r -e 'fsizes

Last updated on May 27th, 2008

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