New memisc release 0.99.20.1 improves compatibility with RStudio and “tidyverse”

22 November 2019

Release 0.99.20.1. has been published on CRAN. It improves the way the package interoperates with RStudio and “tidyverse”. In particular:

  • A function view() provides a generic interface to the GUI function View() in base R and RStudio. It makes it possible to extend it to data objects of the classes “data.set”, “codeplan”, “descriptions”, and “importer”.

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The result of view(ZA5702), where ZA5702 is an “importer” object created by spss.file("ZA5702_v2-0-0.sav").

  • A method for “data.set” objects allows to transfer these objects more easiliy into the “tidyverse”, i.e. facilitates the use of functions from these package ecosystem on data sets imported or created with memisc. An as_haven() function translates “data.set” objects into “tibbles” with that extra information that the “haven” package adds to “tibbles” imported with the help of that package. This should allow to view and post-process data imported with memisc more or less the same way as if the data were imported with “haven”.

  • When a “data.set” object is translated into a data frame using as.data.frame(), as_tibble(), as_haven(), or viewPrep() (the internal function used by view() to prepare data for being viewed) the “description” annotation of the variables (or “item” objects) are retained as “label” attributes, so that labels are visible when viewed in RStudio.

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The result of view(gles2013work), where gles2013work is a “data.set” object created by subset(ZA5702,...).

  • A List() function adds names to its elements by deparsing arguments in the same way as data.frame() does.

  • A new function Groups() allows to split a data frame or a “data.set” into group based on factors in a more convenient way. There are methods of with() and within() to deal with resulting objects of class “grouped.data”. For example, the within() method allows to substract group means from the observations within groups. withinGroups() allows to split a data frame or “data.set” objects into groups, make within-group computations and recombine the groups into the order of the original data frame or “data.set” object.

  • Stata.file() now handles files in format rev. 117 and later as they are created by Stata version later than 13.

  • User definded missing values are now reported in separate tables in entries created by codebook() even if these entries refer to items with measurement level “interval” or “ratio”.

  • If the annotation or the labels of a non-item is set to NULL this no longer causes an error.

  • Changing varible names to lowercase while importing data sets with Stata.file(), spss.portable.file(), and spss.system.file() is now optional.

  • Importer methods Stata.file(), spss.portable.file(), and spss.system.file() now have optional arguments that allow to deal with variable labels or value labels in non-native encoding (e.g. CP1252 on a utf-8 platform).

  • A function spss.file() acts as a common interface to spss.portable.file() and spss.system.file().

  • The function and now work with “data.set” and “importer” objects in the same sensible way as they do with data frames.

  • The function recode() behaves more coherently: If a labelled vector is the result of recode() it gets the measurement level “nominal”. Factor levels explictly created first come first in the order of factor levels.