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Re: Standard example datasets

From: Kai Torben Ohlhus
Subject: Re: Standard example datasets
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2019 22:40:36 +0200

On Sat, Apr 27, 2019 at 10:02 PM Andrew Janke <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi, Octave maintainers,

Some other statistical programs ship with standard example datasets and
methods to load or explore them. Does Octave have something like this?

For example, R ships with a bunch of example datasets in its "datasets"
package, and you can view a list of them by doing `data()`. And Matlab
ships with a bazillion example datasets that seem to all be just MAT
files in its source code root directories, that you can access with
load, like `load patients`.

Use case: I'm working on table stuff, and would like to add some example
tabular datasets in my package. Wondering if there's a standard
mechanism I should integrate with.


All that Octave ships currently seems to be the penny.mat [1].  But I am afraid, that this does not help with tabular datasets.  If you have got some small data set, it might be possible to extend Octave's "sparse" data collection.


[1] https://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/file/726d945f23de/examples/data 

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