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Latest comment: 22 January 2016 by Matmo in topic High performance R

High performance R

I have tried the solution using Intel MKL, and for me the speedup was negligible. This was for a script that does Markov-chain Monte Carlo studies of traits related to mating on a moose population. The libraries plyr, MuMIn, gdata, parallel and MCMCglmm were used. Does anyone have experience with significant speedupt using MKL? Perhaps in applications using lots of linear algebra? --AsmundEr (talk) 08:22, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think the section on optimized builds should be dropped from the wiki, or moved to a less proninent location. openblas commonly causes problems with R HPC packages for parallel computations, and the r-mkl AUR package has been orphaned due to licencing issues. In short getting an optimized blas working with R is a fairly advanced and error-prone process, and I don't think it should be the second thing people see when they look up R on the Archlinux wiki. Thoughts? Izahn (talk) 14:55, 18 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Since there was no objection here I've moved the "Optimized package" section to the end. Izahn

Also there seems to be some evidence that MKL does not severely outperform OpenBLAS: Benchmarking Single- and Multi-Core BLAS --Matmo (talk) 20:13, 22 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Revolution R Open

Now available in the AUR: revolution-r-open. Unikum (talk) 21:41, 21 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

R CMD check problems with LaTeX

When creating packages you need to run the command R CMD check 'package-name' to check for errors. Using the arch R install, the process fails with a message

LaTeX errors when creating PDF version. This typically indicates Rd problems. LaTeX errors found: ! LaTeX Error: File `Rd.sty' not found.

The problem seems to be that the arch R installation puts Rd.sty in


whereas R CMD check is looking for it in


It may be possible to set a switch to tell R where it is, but I just created a /usr/share/R/texmf and copied it over, including

/usr/share/R/texmf/bibtex /usr/share/R/texmf/bibtex/bib /usr/share/R/texmf/bibtex/bib/RJournal.bib /usr/share/R/texmf/bibtex/bib/Rnews.bib /usr/share/R/texmf/bibtex/bst /usr/share/R/texmf/bibtex/bst/jss.bst /usr/share/R/texmf/tex /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/omscmtt.fd /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/omsaett.fd /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/Rd.sty /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/jss.cls /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/omsaer.fd /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/ts1aett.fd /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/ts1aer.fd /usr/share/R/texmf/tex/latex/Sweave.sty

just to cover all bets with respect to creating vignettes, etc.