histoRicalg -- project to document older methods used by R and transfer knowledge
After some thought, I decided r-devel was probably the best of the R lists
for this item. Do feel free to share, as the purpose is to improve documentation
and identify potential issues.
The R Consortium has awarded some modest funding for "histoRicalg",
a project to document and transfer knowledge of some older algorithms
used by R and by other computational systems. These older codes
are mainly in Fortran, but some are in C, with the original implementations
possibly in other programming languages. My efforts
were prompted by finding some apparent bugs in codes, which could be either
from the original programs or else the implementations. Two examples
in particular -- in nlm() and in optim::L-BFGS-B -- gave impetus
to the project.
While active membership of the Working Group is desirable, given
the nature of this project, I anticipate that most members will
contribute mainly by providing timely and pertinent ideas. Some
may not even be R users, since the underlying algorithms are used
by other computing systems and the documentation effort has many
common features. We will also need participation of younger
workers willing to learn about the methods that underly the
computations in R.