Announce: Speicial issue of the JSS on Graphical User Interfaces for R

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Announce: Speicial issue of the JSS on Graphical User Interfaces for R

Pedro Valero

Special issue of the Journal of Statistical Software on

Graphical User Interfaces for R

Editors: Pedro Valero-Mora and Ruben Ledesma

Since it original paper from Gentleman and Ihaka was published, R has
managed to gain an ever-increasing percentage of academic and
professional statisticians but the spread of its use among novice and
occasional users of statistics have not progressed at the same pace.
Among the reasons for this relative lack of impact, the lack of a GUI or
point and click interface is one of the causes most widely mentioned.
But, however, in the last few years, this situation has been quietly
changing and a number of projects have equipped R with a number of
different GUIs, ranging from the very simple to the more advanced, and
providing the casual user with what could be still a new source of
trouble: choosing what is the GUI for him. We may have moved from the
"too few" situation to the "too many" situation

This special issue of the JSS intends as one of its main goals to offer
a general overview of the different GUIs currently available for R.
Thus, we think that somebody trying to find its way among different
alternatives may find useful it as starting point. However, we do not
want to stop in a mere listing but we want to offer a bit of a more
general discussion about what could be good GUIs for R (and how to build
them). Therefore, we want to see papers submitted that discuss the whole
concept of GUI in R, what elements it should include (or not), how this
could be achieved, and, why not, if it is actually needed at all.
Finally, despite the high success of R, this does not mean other systems
may not treasure important features that we would like to see in R.
Indeed, descriptions of these nice features that we do not have in R but
are in other systems could be another way of driving the future progress
of GUIs for R.

In summary, we envision papers for this special issue on GUIs for R in
the following categories:

- General discussions on GUIs for statistics, and for R.

- Implementing GUI toolboxes for R so others can program GUIs with them.

- R GUIs examples (with two subcategories, in the desktop or in the cloud).

- Is there life beyond R? What features have other systems that R does
not have and why R needs them.

Dr. Pedro M. Valero Mora ([hidden email])
Facultad de PsicologĂ­a
Universitat de Valencia
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