The R Journal: article published in 2011, volume 3:2

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Kurt Hornik and Duncan Murdoch , The R Journal (2011) 3:2, pages 22-28.

Abstract We discuss the facilities in base R for spell checking via Aspell, Hunspell or Ispell, which are useful in particular for conveniently checking the spelling of natural language texts in package Rd files and vignettes. Spell checking performance is illustrated using the Rd files in package stats. This example clearly indicates the need for a domain-specific statistical dictionary. We analyze the results of spell checking all Rd files in all CRAN packages and show how these can be employed for building such a dictionary.

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  author = {Kurt Hornik and Duncan Murdoch},
  title = {{Watch Your Spelling!}},
  year = {2011},
  journal = {{The R Journal}},
  doi = {10.32614/RJ-2011-014},
  url = {},
  pages = {22--28},
  volume = {3},
  number = {2}