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meaning of dplyr's name #1857

enesn opened this issue May 26, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented May 26, 2016

Is dplyr a abbreviation? If is not what is the meaning of name and how can i pronounce?


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commented May 26, 2016

The d is for dataframes, the plyr is to evoke pliers. Pronounce however you like.

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commented Oct 29, 2017

The precursor to dplyr was called plyr. The 'ply' in plyr comes from an expansion/refining of the various "apply" functions in R as part of the "split-apply-combine" model/strategy. Here's a good slideset that provides more insight into the plyr name:

And yes, the name evokes pliers :-)

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