Software Engineering and R Programming: A Call for Research

Although R programming has been a part of research since its origins in the 1990s, few studies address scientific software development from a Software Engineering (SE) perspective. The past few years have seen unparalleled growth in the R community, and it is time to push the boundaries of SE research and R programming forwards. This paper discusses relevant studies that close this gap Additionally, it proposes a set of good practices derived from those findings aiming to act as a call-to-arms for both the R and RSE (Research SE) community to explore specific, interdisciplinary paths of research.

Melina Vidoni
2021-05-24

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Vidoni, "The R Journal: Software Engineering and R Programming: A Call for Research", The R Journal, 2021

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@article{RJ-2021-108,
  author = {Vidoni, Melina},
  title = {The R Journal: Software Engineering and R Programming: A Call for Research},
  journal = {The R Journal},
  year = {2021},
  note = {https://doi.org/10.32614/RJ-2021-108},
  doi = {10.32614/RJ-2021-108},
  volume = {13},
  issue = {2},
  issn = {2073-4859},
  pages = {6-14}
}