Things that make you go blind

No, not that – Programming.

I need to do some statistical work to test a theory.  The best approach in order to compare my results is to do the work in R.  But it looks like I’ll need to extend a package.  I download the package from CRAN (the Comprehensive R Archive Network), unpack it and start trying to figure out how it all works.  Unfortunately, it is written in Fortran, C and R.  Untangling it will take forever.

Maybe I’m better off just trying to extend it within R itself – which is of course how the original package writer got into this mess in the first place.  🙁

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