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From "Mark R. Diggory" <>
Subject Re: [math][proposal] stat package structure
Date Sun, 21 Mar 2004 23:29:48 GMT
On Sun, 2004-03-21 at 16:14, Phil Steitz wrote:
> I would like to propose the following repackaging of classes in the stat 
> and distributions packages.
> 1. Move the univariate statistical aggregates (DescriptiveStatistics, 
> SummaryStatistics et al) into the univariate package.

+1, sensible

> 2. Move distributions back into stat. I did not comment on the initial 
> move out, but it seems wrong to me now.  The abstract classes and all 
> implementations are probability distributions. To me these fit naturally 
> in stat.  I can live with it as is; I just wanted to see if others are 
> feeling the same and if so, get it fixed while we still have the chance.

+1, with moving everything else into stats, this sounds fine too. 

> 3. Create a "multivariate" subpackage and place the lonely 
> BivariateRegression there.  It is odd to have a package with only one 
> class, but I think the probability is 1 that we will quickly have more 
> multivariate statistical classes (e.g. multiple regression) and I would 
> prefer not to have to play the deprecate-move game if we can see it coming.

+1, Would really like to see more multivariate approaches.

> 4. Similarly, I would like to create an "inference" or "test" subpackage 
> and put TestStatistic there.

+1 (test)

> Please indicate your +/-/0 on these items separately. I am viewing each of 
> the items subject to lazy consensus. I will wait one week to make any changes.
> Input from all parties welcome, committers binding.
> Phil
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