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March 09, 2011


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Would the organizers of R Meetup groups be included in the consideration set? Their impact on the development of a community is probably comparable to that of most package developers, though with a broad and diffuse, rather than narrow and concentrated, effect.


The first name which came to my mind was Michael Lawrence (author of RGtk2 and cairoDevice).

The R-Files gave me an impression about the age of members (restricted to the younger?); not sure if this is true.

Maybe whoever's responsible for RStudio?

I would like to see Douglas Bates (nlme, lme4), Deepayan Sarkar (lattice, I'm a bit tired of so much coverage for ggplot2), Jarrod Hadfield (MCMCglmm) and Martyn Plummer (JAGS).

The obvious choice would be to feature the members of the R Core group. By now the R-files series does not include ANY (!!!) of the R Core members. I do not want to downsize the contributions of the fine gentlemen that were featured (Dirk and Hadley especially), but relative to R Core this seems to be out of proportion.

Fire-up R, type contributors(), and you can start alphabetically.

My vote goes to Duncan Temple Lang (http://www.stat.ucdavis.edu/~duncan/)!
The Omegahat project (http://www.omegahat.org/) leaded by Duncan Temple is one of the jewels in the R Crown!

Thanks for the nominations! Please keep them coming.

JCS -- Yes, I think user group organizers would qualify, please do nominate any organizer you feel has made a significant contribution to the R community.

Yihui -- There's no age limit, please nominate anyone you feel deserves recognition, regardless of age.

Michal -- I totally agree that the R-core members should be included in the series.

I'd second the recommendation for Michael Lawrence (originally proposed by Jose Camoes Silva).

In addition to RGtk2 and cairoDevice, he is also quite active in developing (other) instrumental packages in the Bioconductor universe.

Now that Bioconductor has been brought up (*grin*), there are several people there that deserve mention:

  • Martin Morgan (the current bioconductor "daddy" @ FHCRC) and other members of bioc-core @ FHCRC (but maybe Martin can act as proxy)
  • Gordon K. Smyth (author of limma, maybe the "most used" bioconductor pacakge), and also takes the time to be very active in the mailing list
  • Wolfgang Huber

There are more people that should be added to the list and have provided great value to the bioconductor ecosystem, but I guess I'll stop there ...

Thomas Lumley

I'd vote for Brian Ripley, whose books have helped me enormously.

Brian Ripley, unnecessary to list their contributions

Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois for Rcpp. Simon Urbanek for multicore and (tirelessly) being the R for Mac guy.

I second Simon Urbanek and Deepayan Sarkar.

Luis, I second being tired of all the over-hype ggplot2 gets.

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