• Dirk Eddelbuettel
Part of the Use R! book series (USE R, volume 64)


The RcppGSL package provides an easy-to-use interface between data structures from the GNU Scientific Library, or GSL for short, and R by building on facilities provided in the Rcpp package. The GSL is a well-known collection of numerical routines for scientific computing. It is particularly useful for C and C++ programs as it provides a standard C interface to a wide range of mathematical routines. The chapter provides an introduction to the vector and matrix types in RcppGSL, illustrates their use by revisiting the linear modeling example, discusses how to deploy the RcppGSL from another package and via inline, and closes with an extended application example.


Application Program Interface Head File Standard Template Library Numerical Library Matrix Template 
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  5. Sklyar O, Murdoch D, Smith M, Eddelbuettel D, François R (2012) inline: Inline C, C++, Fortran function calls from R. URL, R package version 0.3.10

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  • Dirk Eddelbuettel
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  1. 1.River ForestIllinoisUSA

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