R 3.2.0 (codename “Full of Ingredients”) was released yesterday. You can get the latest binaries version from here. (or the .tar.gz source code from here). The full list of new features and bug fixes is provided below.
If you are using Windows you can easily upgrade to the latest version of R using the installr package. Simply run the following code:
# installing/loading the latest installr package: install.packages("installr"); library(installr) #load / install+load installr updateR() # updating R.
Running “updateR()” will detect if there is a new R version available, and if so it will download+install it (etc.).
xis missing and
namesis not false (including the default value),
Sys.getenv(x, names)returns an object of class
"Dlist"and hence prints tidily.
shell()no longer consults the environment variable SHELL: too many systems have been encountered where it was set incorrectly (usually to a path where software was compiled, not where it was installed). R_SHELL, the preferred way to select a non-default shell, can be used instead.
embedFonts()can now be specified as character vectors, and the defaults have been changed accordingly.
Summarygroup duplicate less. (PR#15798)
system(cmd, input = )now uses ‘shell-execution-environment’ redirection, which will be more natural if
cmdis not a single command (but requires a POSIX-compliant shell). (Wish of PR#15508)
fileEncodingargument, for convenience.
.Devices. Several of those included with R use a
pmatch()uses hashing in more cases and so is faster at the expense of using more memory. (PR#15697)
pairs()gains new arguments to select sets of variables to be plotted against each other.
file.info(, extra_cols = FALSE)allows a minimal set of columns to be computed on Unix-alikes: on some systems without properly-configured caching this can be significantly faster with large file lists.
dir.exists()in package base to test efficiently whether one or more paths exist and are directories.
dput()and friends gain new controls hexNumeric and digits17 which output double and complex quantities as, respectively, binary fractions (exactly, see
sprintf("%a")) and as decimals with up to 17 significant digits.
ascii = NAwhich writes ASCII files using
sprintf("%a")for double/complex quantities. This is read-compatible with
ascii = TRUEbut avoids binary->decimal->binary conversions with potential loss of precision. Unfortunately the Windows C runtime’s lack of C99 compliance means that the format cannot be read correctly there in R before 3.1.2.
formatC(decimal.mark =)has been changed to be
getOption("OutDec"); this makes it more consistent with
format()and suitable for use in print methods, e.g. those for classes
getOption("OutDec") is now consulted by the print method for class
quantile() when constructing labels and for the report from
legend(trace = TRUE).
(In part, wish of PR#15819.)
formatC()give a warning if
decimal.markare set to the same value (period and comma are not uncommonly used for each, and this is a check that conventions have not got mixed).
merge()can create a result which uses long vectors on 64-bit platforms.
dget()gains a new argument
keep.sourcewhich defaults to
FALSEfor speed (
dget()are most often used for data objects where this can make
dget()many times faster).
promptPackage()now makes use of them.
tools::parse_Rd()gains a new
permissiveargument which converts unrecognized macros into text. This is used by
utils:::format.bibentryto allow LaTeX markup to be ignored.
options(OutDec =)can now specify a multi-byte character, e.g.,
options(OutDec = "u00b7")in a UTF-8 locale.
is.recursive(x)is no longer true when
xis an external pointer, a weak reference or byte code; the first enables
as.list.environment()gain a new argument
"source"attribute (which has not been added to functions by R since before R version 2.14.0) is no longer treated as special.
returnValue()has been added to give
on.exit()code access to a function’s return value for debugging purposes.
crossprod(x, y)allows more matrix coercions when
yare vectors, now equalling
t(x) %*% yin these cases (also reported by Radford Neal). Similarly,
%*%work in more cases with vector arguments.
dynGet()useful for detecting cycles, aka infinite recursions.
apply(m, 2, identity)is now the same as the matrix
mwhen it has named row names.
debuggingState()has been added, allowing to temporarily turn off debugging.
example()gets a new optional argument
commentDonttest, with a default such that
example(..)in help examples will run
donttestcode only if used interactively (a change in behaviour).
rbind.data.frame()gains an optional argument
make.row.names, for potential speedup.
extSoftVersion()to report on the versions of third-party software in use in this session. Currently reports versions of
xz, PCRE, ICU, TRE and the
A similar function
grSoftVersion() in package grDevices reports on third-party graphics software.
tcltk::tclVersion() reports the Tcl/Tk version.
callGeneric()without arguments now works with primitive generics to some extent.
vapply(x, FUN, FUN.VALUE)is more efficient notably for large
length(FUN.VALUE); as extension of PR#16061.
as.table()now allows tables with one or more dimensions of length 0 (such as
names(x) now clears the names of call and
library()will report a warning when an insufficient dependency version is masking a sufficient one later on the library search path.
plot()method for class
"raster"has been added.
check_packages_in_dir_changes()function in package tools for conveniently analyzing how changing sources impacts the check results of their reverse dependencies.
methods:::.requirePackage()speeding up package loading. (PR#16133)
get()in one call, for efficiency.
envirargument for specifying the environment from which to retrieve the
...in the call, if any; this environment was wrong (or at least undesirable) when the
definitionargument was a function.
topenv()has been made
.Internal()for speedup, based on Peter Haverty’s proposal in PR#16140.
getOption()no longer calls
options()in the main case.
libcurl(version 7.28.0 from Oct 2012 or later) for Internet access:
capabilities("libcurl")reports if this is available.
libcurlVersion()reports the version in use, and other details of the
"libcurl"build including which URL schemes it supports.
curlGetHeaders()retrieves the headers for
ftps://URLs: analysis of these headers can provide insights into the ‘existence’ of a URL (it might for example be permanently redirected) and is so used in
R CMD check --as-cran.
download.file()has a new optional method
"libcurl"which will handle more URL schemes, follow redirections, and allows simultaneous downloads of multiple URLs.
url()has a new method
"libcurl"which handles more URL schemes and follows redirections. The default method is controlled by a new option
url.method, which applies also to the opening of URLs via
file()(which happens implicitly in functions such as
url()is invoked with a
ftps://URL which the current method cannot handle, it switches to a suitable method if one is available.
The Windows internet functions are still selected by flag –internet2 or
setInternet2(). This can be overridden for an
url() connection via its new
download.file() has new method
"wininet", selected as the default by –internet2 or
parent.env<-can no longer modify the parent of a locked namespace or namespace imports environment. Contributed by Karl Millar.
isLoadedNamespace()for readability and speed.
names(env)now returns all the object names of an
env, equivalently to
ls(env, all.names = TRUE, sorted = FALSE)and also to the names of the corresponding list,
names(as.list(env, all.names = TRUE)). Note that although
names()returns a character vector, the names have no particular ordering.
trimws()for removing leading/trailing whitespace.
rbind()now consider S4 inheritance during S3 dispatch and also obey
rbind()will delegate recursively to
methods::rbind2) when at least one argument is an S4 object and S3 dispatch fails (due to ambiguity).
download.file(quiet = FALSE)now uses text rather than Windows progress bars in non-interactive use.
hsearch_db()in package utils for building and retrieving the help search database used by
help.search(), along with functions for inspecting the concepts and keywords in the help search database.
.getNamespaceInfo(), a no-check version of
getNamespaceInfo()mostly for internal speedups.
lengths()function for getting the lengths of all elements in a list.
toTitleCase()in package tools, tailored to package titles.
rbind()allow matrices as inputs which have 2^31 or more elements. (For
cbind(), wish of PR#16198.)
image()has an explicit check for a numeric or logical matrix (which was always required).
URLencode()will not by default encode further URLs which appear to be already encoded.
BIC(mod, mod2)now give non-NA numbers for
arima()fitted models, as
nobs(mod)now gives the number of “used” observations for such models. This fixes PR#16198, quite differently than proposed there.
"power.htest"objects now have a
digitsargument defaulting to (a function of)
getOption("digits"), and influencing all printed numbers coherently. Unavoidably, this changes the display of such test results in some cases.
unzip()will now warn if it is able to detect truncation when unpacking a file of 4GB or more (related to PR#16243).
methods()reports S4 in addition to S3 methods; output is simplified when the
classargument is used.
methods::.S4methods()report S3 and S4 methods separately.
Reduce()now force arguments to the functions they apply in order to eliminate undesirable interactions between lazy evaluation and variable capture in closures. This resolves PR#16093.
More at http://cran.rstudio.com/