[Rcpp-devel] Rcpp project for GSoC18

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Thu Nov 16 16:08:23 CET 2017

On 16 November 2017 at 16:35, Vissarion Fisikopoulos wrote:
| Hello,
| I maintain C++ code for random sampling and volume approximation of
| polyhedra (see https://github.com/vissarion/volume_approximation).
| I would like to propose a GSoC project to create an R package that
| will use functions of that code inside R. In particular, the package
| will provide functionality for MCMC geometric walks (variations of
| hit-and-run) and volume computation of polyhedra. It could also use
| existing MCMC walks from R. My motivation is the availability of the
| current software tool in a broader set of users (I have requests from
| researchers that want to use the code but have no knowledge of C++).
| I had a discussion in GSoC mentor summit last month with the GSoC
| admin of r-project and he proposed to send a message to this list to
| find a second mentor since my knowledge in R is limited.
| What do you think?

Sure, but you don't need our approval for that.  Discussion of GSoC topics
will happen as usual under the umbrella of R's particpiation in GSoC when and
where questions are discussed.  I think this a pretty large number (10 out of
29 ?) of projects used Rcpp in some way. I was involved in two which extended
existing packages in the Rcpp space.

That said, we should start a wiki page with possible topics:

 - have Rcpp catch up to ALTREP: very important, possibly a lot of work

 - smaller idea I had recently: generalize Jens's bit64 which provides
   integer64 to possibly make it "templated" and provide both int64_t and

 - lots of others to be added...

Where should have that page?


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