I probably spend most of my working day in an R terminal, or at least I start R often enough. Now I saw in a blog I follow a way to entertain and instruct in equal measure everytime that little statistical box is opened: fortunes. This is a very simple package that collected and now shows citations related to R (and statistics in R). Some examples (and as of v1.5.2 there are 360 citations to choose from):

Release 1.0.0

(silence)

Wow! Thank you! […] If I am allowed to ask just one question today: How do

you fit 48 hours of coding in an ordinary day? Any hints will be appreciated

… 🙂

— Detlef Steuer (on 2000-02-29)

R-help (February 2000)

or

Perhaps one is the real forge and the other is a forgery? Or a forge-R-y? I’ll

get my coat…

— Barry Rowlingson (on the question whether http://www.RForge.net/ or

http://R-Forge.R-project.org/ is the official forge server)

R-help (April 2007)

## Set-up

I have the following lines it in my `~.Rprofile`

(think of .bashrc but for R):

library("fortunes") fortune()

This ensures each time I start R I am greeted by a nice little message to brighten my day:

## How to install

I had some problems installing from *cran*, so went with `install_url`

function of devtools which makes the process of installing from source easier when one does not need to download (and keep a copy of) a package source:

library("devtools") install_url("http://cran.r-project.org/src/contrib/fortunes_1.5-2.tar.gz") #remember to use the link for the latest package version

And it is done!

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