[Pharo-project] [squeak-dev] GSoC application submitted, 22 ideas collected

Lawson English lenglish5 at cox.net
Sat Mar 10 01:11:18 EST 2012

There's a bunch of different ways that R interfaces/bindings can go, 

 From what I can see, most straightforward way to interface with R would 
be to create a WorkSpace that can send WorkSpace input to an R 
interpreter and echo the output back to the workspace. You want 
something more than that, I assume.

There's at least two Ruby interfaces to R that I could find. There's at 
least one Python interface.  My cursory reading from a few months ago 
didn't make clear the difference between the library bindings, the 
interfaces and the GUIs, so there's probably a lot of overlap.


On 3/9/12 7:29 PM, Hernán Morales Durand wrote:
> Hi Lawson, I know from an experienced Java programmer, trying to make 
> a binding to R, which is difficult to deal with particularities of 
> connecting with R efficently (I could ask him for details if a student 
> is interested in the project). I think R isn't comparable to what 
> iGraph could provide, every day more studies results are presented in 
> R and they are not necessarily described in network format. A 
> front-end to R could be another interesting project idea though.
> Cheers,
> Hernán
> 2012/3/9 Lawson English <lenglish5 at cox.net <mailto:lenglish5 at cox.net>>
>     A binding to R would be relatively trivial, I think.  A binding to
>     iGraph would be a bit more challenging and would allow for things
>     like using Connectors to directly create/define iGraph data
>     structures and use iGraph's API to modify their behavior.
>     Lawson
>     On 3/9/12 6:07 PM, Hernán Morales Durand wrote:
>>     Name: A binding to R
>>     Level: Advanced
>>     Possible mentor: ?
>>     Possible second mentor: ?
>>     Description
>>     With the increased popularity of high-level statistical
>>     programming language and environments for data analysis like R, a
>>     way to interface this package is becoming a must have for
>>     Smalltalk, since it implements complex and unrivalled statistical
>>     techniques for data manipulation and presentation, like Analysis
>>     of Variance, Covariance, Time Series, Generalized Linear Models,
>>     Additive Models, Non-linear Regressions, Tree Models,
>>     Multivariate Statistics, etc. besides the many mathematical
>>     functions, which are used in fields from economics to medicine
>>     and engineering. It is estimated that R posseses about 2 million
>>     of users worldwide and more than 2000 add-ons and increasing
>>     everyday through repositories like CRAN and Crantastic.org
>>     Technical Details
>>     The student should know or be motivated to learn statistics with
>>     the R environment and language, and its fundamental workflow:
>>     importing and preparing the data, and finally running the
>>     analysis, and presenting the results. Dealing with R sessions and
>>     presentation of results (like vectors and plots) will be
>>     challenging too.
>>     Benefits to the Student
>>     The student will gain invaluable experience from two
>>     complementary environments, and his experience with the interface
>>     technology choosed will be useful for the many projects where
>>     Smalltalk needs help from external systems.
>>     Benefits to the Community
>>     The goal of this project is to build a wrapper to interface R, an
>>     open source statistical programming language, providing a whole
>>     range of missing functionality to Smalltalk. This binding could
>>     complement the R environment where a general programming
>>     environment is needed, attracting many statisticians, and will
>>     open Smalltalk to domain-specific areas as diverse as Clinical
>>     Trials, Finance and Machine Learning.
>>     2012/3/9 Janko Mivšek <janko.mivsek at eranova.si
>>     <mailto:janko.mivsek at eranova.si>>
>>         Dear Smalltalkers,
>>         We just submitted the application to this year GSoC, now let
>>         we wait
>>         with fingers crossed for Google until next Friday to decide.
>>         I think we
>>         have quite some chance, specially because we collected and
>>         very well
>>         described 22 project ideas:
>>         http://gsoc2012.esug.org/ideas
>>         There is still a time for ideas, so if someone has still half
>>         finished
>>         one, please finish and publish it. Also authors of ideas
>>         please check if
>>         your idea is put correctly on above page.
>>         Best regards
>>         Janko and Carla
>>         --
>>         Carla F. Griggio, Janko Mivšek
>>         Smalltalk GSoC Admin Team
>>         http://gsoc2012.esug.org
>>     -- 
>>     Hernán Morales
>>     Information Technology Manager,
>>     Institute of Veterinary Genetics.
>>     National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).
>>     La Plata (1900), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
>>     Telephone: +54 (0221) 421-1799.
>>     Internal: 422
>>     Fax: 425-7980 or 421-1799.

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