Ralf Stubner

Ralf Stubner

4 packages on CRAN

dqrng

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Several fast random number generators are provided as C++ header only libraries: The PCG family by O'Neill (2014 <https://www.cs.hmc.edu/tr/hmc-cs-2014-0905.pdf>) as well as Xoroshiro128+ and Xoshiro256+ by Blackman and Vigna (2018 <arXiv:1805.01407>). In addition fast functions for generating random numbers according to a uniform, normal and exponential distribution are included. The latter two use the Ziggurat algorithm originally proposed by Marsaglia and Tsang (2000, <doi:10.18637/jss.v005.i08>). These functions are exported to R and as a C++ interface and are enabled for use with the default 64 bit generator from the PCG family, Xoroshiro128+ and Xoshiro256+ as well as the 64 bit version of the 20 rounds Threefry engine (Salmon et al., 2011 <doi:10.1145/2063384.2063405>) as provided by the package 'sitmo'.

swephR

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The Swiss Ephemeris is a high precision ephemeris based upon the DE431 ephemerides from NASA's JPL. It covers the time range 13201 BC to AD 17191. This package uses the semi-analytic theory by Steve Moshier. For faster and more accurate calculations, the compressed Swiss Ephemeris data is available in the 'swephRdata' package. To access this data package, run 'install.packages("swephRdata", repos = "https://rstub.github.io/drat/", type = "source")'. The size of the 'swephRdata' package is approximately 115 MB. The user can also use the original JPL DE431 data.

tikzDevice

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Provides a graphics output device for R that records plots in a LaTeX-friendly format. The device transforms plotting commands issued by R functions into LaTeX code blocks. When included in a LaTeX document, these blocks are interpreted with the help of 'TikZ'---a graphics package for TeX and friends written by Till Tantau. Using the 'tikzDevice', the text of R plots can contain LaTeX commands such as mathematical formula. The device also allows arbitrary LaTeX code to be inserted into the output stream.

sitmo

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Provided within are two high quality and fast PPRNGs that may be used in an 'OpenMP' parallel environment. In addition, there is a generator for one dimensional low-discrepancy sequence. The objective of this library to consolidate the distribution of the 'sitmo' (C++98 & C++11), 'threefry' and 'vandercorput' (C++11-only) engines on CRAN by enabling others to link to the header files inside of 'sitmo' instead of including a copy of each engine within their individual package. Lastly, the package contains example implementations using the 'sitmo' package and three accompanying vignette that provide additional information.