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Another CRANpocalypse

February 12, 2020

Sadly, the R package hyperSpec has been archived from CRAN on January 31st “as check problems were not corrected in time.” The package maintainers did release a new version on January 17, so I don’t know what went wrong. The package is still included in Bryan Hanson’s list of open-source software for spectroscopy, but not on the CRAN Task View for Chemometrics and Computational Physics.

The main reason that I use hyperSpec is for reading spectra in a variety of proprietary file formats, such as Thermo Galactic/Grams .spc files, as well as Perkin Elmer, Horiba, Cytospec, Shimadzu and other spectrometer manufacturers. This was a major reason why I originally chose R over alternatives like Python or MATLAB for working with spectroscopy datasets. The package is outstanding quality, very easy to use, with excellent documentation.

I’d like to thank the package authors, Claudia Beleites and Valter Sergo, as well as all of the contributors: Alois Bonifacio, Marcel Dahms, Björn Egert, Simon Fuller, Vilmantas Gegzna, Rustam Guliev, Michael Hermes, Martin Kammer, Roman Kiselev, Sebastian Mellor, and of course Bryan Hanson. After all of the hours they’ve put into this software, I can appreciate how frustrating this must be. hyperSpec has certainly saved me many hours of work with its convenient functions for importing and plotting data.

I had a similar situation a while back with my other R package bayesImageS, where a package that I depended on was suddenly yoinked from CRAN. For some reason, this always seems to happen around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when most package maintainers are unlikely to be checking their work email and hence least able to respond on short notice.

In any case, I have now removed hyperSpec from the list of suggested packages, even though I am unable to suggest a suitable replacement! I’ve installed version 0.99-20200115 from the CRAN archive and it is working fine. I’ve also updated the vignettes accordingly. A new version 0.4-1 of serrsBayes is now available on CRAN. Release notes are available here.

The New Yorker cartoon is by Edward Steed, with caption by whyDoesR?

From → Functional Data, R

  1. It seems it is now back on CRAN.

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