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Project Milestones

  • March 2nd: 1st deliverable.
  • March 31st: Q1 report.
  • May 4th: 2nd deliverable.
  • June 29th: 3rd deliverable.
  • June 30th: Q2 report.
  • August 31st: 4th report. End of the project.

Action Lines Proposal

(NEW) CII Best Practices Badge program

Required by the R Consortium in the last communication about the Q2 report.

  • Review the badge program and start the application process of achieving a badge (and inform the R Consortium). For quantities, and by extension, for units and errors.
  • Provide feedback using the survey.

(Follow-up) Parsing Data with Units and Errors

Currently, there are parsers implemented in quantities: parse_quantities, parse_errors, parse_units. As a possible follow-up, we could try to integrate these parsers into readr. Two possible lines of action:

  • Submit those readers as a PR to readr. readr should depend on quantities (which is not on CRAN yet), errors and units.
  • Work on readr to open its APIs (R and C++) to external parsers. Pros: adds value to readr without changing its dependencies. Cons: a little bit more work.

Either way, it requires approval from readr's maintainer (Jim Hester).

Compatibility with Existing Workflows

The idea is to write a vignette (or several vignettes) describing how to work with quantities in the most typical workflows: R base, tidyverse, data.table. To that end, we should

  • Identify all the most common high level operations: filtering, ordering, transformation, aggregation, grouped operations, (un)pivoting, joining... more? Then identify these operations for each workflow:
    • R base: [ and subset, order, transform, aggregate, by...
    • tidivyerse: filter, arrange, transmute and mutate, summarise, group_by...
    • data.table: ... :)
  • For each workflow and operation, show usage examples, identify incompatibilities, find workarounds.
  • Output:
    • A set of working use cases.
    • A set of incompatibilities and possible future action lines to solve them.

Printing of units and errors

- follow, and refer to BIPM conventions/best practices
- implement in pillar methods:
- units in column header
- remove/replace <> with []; follow `units_options` that also sets plot output

Integration with Linear Models

Fitting linear models and extraction of regression coeficients as quantities.

  • To be explored; viability TBD.

(Addendum) Units Development

  • Discuss support for heterogeneous units.
  • Understand performance issues reported in sf in order to:
    • Define a reference benchmark (separate repo). It should be useful for errors too.
    • Further investigate the xptr_cache branch (units system enclosed in a C++ class):
      • Enables unit caching.
      • The isolation provided centralises memory management.
      • Enables an easy extension to support multiple units systems (long-term goal).

(Addendum) Errors Development

  • Support samples as input. Store the whole sample instead of a single value and an associated error. Operations work directly on these samples, so that every kind of correlation would be captured.
    • More general alternative to the default Taylor-based mechanism.
    • Representation? (matrix vs. list of vectors).
    • Length of samples, resampling.

Hex stickers

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