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The design of R has been heavily influenced by two existing languages: Becker, Chambers & Wilks' S and Sussman's Scheme. Whereas the resulting language is very similar in appearance to S, the underlying implementation and semantics are derived from Scheme.
The core of R is an interpreted computer language which allows branching and looping as well as modular programming using functions. Most of the user-visible functions in R are written in R. It is possible for the user to interface to procedures written in the C, C++, or FORTRAN languages for efficiency, and many of R's core functions do so. The R distribution contains functionality for a large number of statistical procedures and underlying applied math computations. There is also a large set of functions which provide a flexible graphical environment for creating various kinds of data presentations.
Additionally, over thousand extension "packages" are available from CRAN, the Comprehensive R Archive Network, many also as Debian packages, named 'r-cran-<name>'.
This package contains debugging symbol tables for the binaries and dynamic libraries in the r-base-core package.
r-base (2.15.1-4) unstable; urgency=low * src/library/tools/R/install.R: Pass "perl = TRUE" parameter to sub() really passing it to sub and not to grep (Closes: #679180) -- Dirk Eddelbuettel <email@example.com> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:56:35 -0500 r-base (2.15.1-3) unstable; urgency=low * src/library/tools/R/install.R: Pass "perl = TRUE" parameter to sub() and correcting error in logic more»
R News CHANGES IN R VERSION 2.15.1: NEW FEATURES: o source() now uses withVisible() rather than .Internal(eval.with.vis). This sometimes alters tracebacks slightly. o install.packages("pkg_version.tgz") on Mac OS X now has sanity checks that this is actually a binary package (as people have tried it with incorrectly named source packages). o splineDesign more»
This is the Debian GNU/Linux r-base package of the GNU R system for statistical computing and graphics. R has a home page at `http://www.r-project.org/'. It is free software distributed under a GNU-style copyleft, and an official part of the GNU project ("GNU S"). This package was initially debianized by Douglas Bates firstname.lastname@example.org on Wed, 10 Dec 1997 14:17:31 -0600. Dirk Eddelbuettel < more»