Open Thoughts

Interlinking with the R Machine Learning Community

Posted by Soeren Sonnenburg on June 24, 2008

When it is about scientific computing, one of the best organized and experiences open source communities is the R community. They, already a long time ago managed to develop a free alternative to S. Nowadays the R community offers a wide variety of well categorized packages. We are proud to announce that with the help of Torsten Hothorn, Kurt Hornik and Achim Zeileis we are now automagically listing packages from the R-cran machine learning section.


Florian Markowetz (on June 25, 2008, 00:41:32)

This automatic link between R and MLOSS is great!

But some machine learning software written in R and available at CRAN or Bioconductor may not fall into the 'CRAN Task View: Machine Learning & Statistical Learning', which seems to be pretty focused on classification and regression, but leaves out eg. all graphical models.

I understand that you don't want to have all R and Bioconductor packages here on MLOSS (because some -most?- of them have nothing to do with ML), but maybe there is a way to use the r-cran-robot to automatically retrieve and update other packages, which were manually defined to be ML-relevant. And can the r-cran-robot we extended to a r-bioconductor-robot?

Cheng Soon Ong (on June 25, 2008, 19:00:05)

I think at the end of the day, it would be nice to update and retrieve from other packages in cran which is not part of the machine learning list, and also from bioconductor. The tricky part is defining what is ML-relevant. Manual definition is not particularly scalable, and may go out of date. But the biggest problem is that it will arbitrarily include and exclude packages at the whim of the editors of the list.

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