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Re: Release 4.4.0 and statistics package

From: Rik
Subject: Re: Release 4.4.0 and statistics package
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:46:41 -0800

On 12/27/2017 02:38 PM, John W. Eaton wrote:
> On 12/27/2017 11:35 AM, Rik wrote:
>> One of the items in the Release Checklist is to incorporate GSOC project
>> code and patches which look good from the patch tracker.  It is best to
>> do that early as that will de-stabilize things for a while and we want
>> to get some testing on the new code before sending it out in to the world.
> I will try to make a 4.2.2 release ASAP.
> I'm afraid that if we incorporate GSoC code and the spreadsheet functions
> from the I/O package now, then we will not have a new release for at
> least another 6 months, probably even longer.
> Rather than falling into the trap of trying to include and fix everything
> before the next release I would prefer to move in the direction of more
> frequent releases with major new features only being added near the
> beginning of a release cycle.  So I propose that we not add any large new
> chunks of code at this time but focus on fixing what we can for a 4.4.0
> release by the end of February.
> jwe


You are listed as the package maintainer for the statistics package.  I'm
not sure if you are subscribed to the Octave Maintainer's list, but a
significant new 4.4.0 release is expected early next year (see quoted
e-mail above).  As part of that release, a lot of the statistics functions
are set to be removed from core Octave and transitioned to the statistics
package.  How can this be coordinated?

The base problem being addressed is that many of the functions, for example
kolmogorov_smirnov_test_2.m, are not of sufficient general utility to be
included in the core, but are still useful to practitioners of statistics.


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