ARCHIVED: Install and load R packages on Big Red II at IU

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R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. R provides a wide variety of statistical (for example, linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, and clustering) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. For more, see the R Project for Statistical Computing home page.

To use R on Big Red II, you first must add it to your user environment; for instructions, see ARCHIVED: Use R on Big Red II at IU.

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Big Red II was retired from service on December 15, 2019; for more, see About Big Red II at Indiana University (Retired).

Install R packages

You can install R packages in your Big Red II home directory using either of the following methods. Before you begin, create a subdirectory for your package (for example, ~/r-packages); on the command line, enter:

  mkdir r-packages
  • Installing from a locally stored source file: To use a package source file stored in your Big Red II home directory (for example, ~/my_r_pkg) to install an R package to your R package subdirectory (for example, ~/r-packages), on the command line, enter:
      R CMD INSTALL my_r_pkg -l ~/r-packages
  • Installing from the CRAN package repository: To download and install a package (for example, my_r_pkg) from the CRAN package repository and install it in your R package subdirectory (for example, ~/r-packages), launch R, and then, at the R command prompt (>, enter:
      install.packages("my_r_pkg", lib="~/r-packages/")

Continue to Load R packages.

Load R packages

In R, to load your newly installed package (for example, ~/r-packages/my_r_pkg), at the R command prompt, enter:

  library("my_r_pkg", lib.loc="~/r-packages/")

For more details, type ?INSTALL in the R console.

Get help

If you have questions about using statistical and mathematical software at Indiana University, contact the UITS Research Applications and Deep Learning team.

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Last modified on 2019-12-15 07:03:23.

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