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Goblet

Maker:
Undetermined peoples
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H x W: 14.6 x 7 cm (5 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)
Type:
Container
Geography:
Bondoukou area, Côte d'Ivoire
Date:
Early to mid-20th century
Topic:
Household
Status
Credit Line:
Gift of Philip L. Ravenhill and Judith Timyan
Object number:
91-3-8
Label Text:
The Bondoukou region carver of this goblet took a European example as his model. The swirling linear design incised on the base is suggestive of a silverwork surface decoration called gadrooning that would be common on a church chalice or candlestick. Artists in Africa were particularly struck by certain European imports that they perceived as status symbols or as identifying object types such as the pith helmet and the teapot. These images were then incorporated into traditional status hierarchies.
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National Museum of African Art
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A.W. Bahr Papers 1919-1957

Creator:
Bahr, A. W
Subject:
Bahr, A. W
Cammell, Charles Richard
Physical description:
1.25 linear feet
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Place:
Canada, Quebec, Montreal
China
Japan
England
Connecticut
Date:
1919
1919-1957
Topic:
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
China--Description and travel
Japan--Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A2001.14
Restrictions:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Notes:
A.W. Bahr was born in Shanghai in 1877 to a German father and a Chinese mother. He founded the Central Trading Company with a friend in 1898. Throughout the next few years, he remained in China, organizing various art exhibitions with pieces from his own collection. Bahr moved to London, England in 1910, where he continued to exhibit art, finally moving to Canada with his family in 1946. Before his death in 1959, Bahr donated pieces of his collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Summary:
This collection contains manuscript drafts and notes for Bahr's memoir, written by Bahr himself and C.R. Cammell, who was also the editor of 'The Connoisseur' magazine. Other papers include correspondence with collectors of Chinese art or other figures in the art world, such as Lord Kitchener, the King and Queen of Sweden, Walter Muir Whitehill, Kenjiro Matsumoto and Senator Theodore Francis Green, among others. The bulk of the collection contains approximately 300 photographs of different Chinese art objects, from jade figurines to pottery to paintings. Most of these photographs are unidentified, but some of them include marginalia that indicate that they were of Bahr's own art objects for publication in books or articles. Photographs which are identified point to art objects also belonging to Bahr. The photographs have been organized based on the object type in the photograph, such as painting, statue or figurine
Cite as:
A.W. Bahr Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Penelope Jane Bahr, November 12th, 2001
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Cap mask

gelede
Maker:
Anago Master
Yoruba peoples
Medium:
Wood, pigment
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 21.5 x 25.0 x 27.8 cm (8 7/16 x 9 13/16 x 10 15/16 in.)
Type:
Mask
Geography:
Anago or Ifonyin region, Benin
Date:
19th century
Topic:
Male use
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
97-11-1
Label Text:
Gelede is a masquerade to honor and placate the "mothers," incarnate forces of thwarted fertility and spiritual power who are less diplomatically referred to as witches. Although men, appearing in pairs, dance these masks, many gelede masks depict women. Some are satiric or genre characters such as the prostitute or the Islamic northerner. Others have elaborate superstructures with figures of devotees, animals, exaggerated head ties (a woman's head covering) or even palm trees. The headdress on this mask is apparently unique; it most probably refers to a particular deity or the deity's devotee. Although the sections rising from the head have some stylistic affinities with the relief carving of divination boards, a reference to Ifa, the god of fate and order, is unlikely. Similarities can also be found with the designs on the textile panels of some gelede mask costumes.
Gelede masks are worn like caps and tilted at a 45-degree angle on the forehead. The sculptor takes this angle into account when carving the mask.
This mask is one of four identified as being by the same individual, an unidentified artist from a far western Yoruba group, the Anago of Benin. The attribution is now formalized as the Anago Master. The distinctive arrangement and size of the features are consistent with characteristics of this master, as are the flat-topped, rectangular ear, the profile of the eyelids and the precise triangular chip carving.
This beautiful mask is masterfully carved and retains much of its traditional polychrome decoration. Exemplifying a particular workshop and artist, the mask is distinctly local but also clearly Yoruba in a panregional sense. It offers possibilities for iconographic research and references to other Yoruba deities and related object types.
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National Museum of African Art
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Lectures
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000
Topic:
Archive
Description:


Hispanic Heritage Month, postcard.


Hispanic Heritage Month, postcard, Accession 02-155, Box 2, Folder - Brochures/Postcards: Hispanic Exhibitions/Events at the Smithsonian, c. 1988-1993.


ENCUENTROS performing at the National Museum of American History, postcard, 1999.


ENCUENTROS performing at the National Museum of American History, postcard, 1999, Accession 02-155, Box 2, Folder - Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee, Smithsonian Institution Archives.


Struggle for Justice: A Tribute to Cesar Chavez at the National Museum of American History, flyer, 1993.


Struggle for Justice: A Tribute to Cesar Chavez at the National Museum of American History, flyer, 1993, Accession 02-155, Box 2, Folder - Brochures/Postcards: Hispanic Exhibitions/Events at the Smithsonian, c. 1988-1993.


Semillas de Cambio: 500 anos de encuentro e intercamio | Seeds of Change: 500 years of Encounter and Exchange, exhibition brochure, 1991.


Semillas de Cambio: 500 anos de encuentro e intercamio | Seeds of Change: 500 years of Encounter and Exchange, exhibition brochure, 1991, Accession 02-155, Box 2, Folder - Brochures/Postcards: Hispanic Exhibitions/Events at the Smithsonian, c. 1988-1993.


Latino Resources at the Smithsonian | Oportunidades para Latinos en el Smithsonian, brochure.


Latino Resources at the Smithsonian | Oportunidades para Latinos en el Smithsonian, brochure, Accession 02-155, Box 2, Folder - Latino Resources at the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Institution Archives.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week, brochure, 1988.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week, brochure, 1988, Accession 02-155, Box 2, Folder - Brochures/Postcards: Hispanic Exhibitions/Events at the Smithsonian, c. 1988-1993.


"Woman and child aboard a train" (1946), by Jack Delano, "The Art of Jack Delano," exhibition postcard, 1998.


"Woman and child aboard a train" (1946), by Jack Delano, "The Art of Jack Delano," exhibition postcard, 1998, Accession 02-155, Box 2, Folder - Brochures/Postcards: Hispanic Exhibitions/Events at the Smithsonian, c. 1988-1993.

This week starts the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) and the Smithsonian is celebrating with a series of vibrant performances, lectures, exhibitions, family activities and tours at various museums around the Institution. September 15th is siginificant because it marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatamala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Also, Mexico and Chile celebrate their indepdence days on September 16 and 18, respectively.

The Smithsonian Collections Search Center has highlighted some sets of collections at the Smithsonian that document Latino and Mexican histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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Link Love: 6/28/2013

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000
Topic:
Archive
Description:

Ornithologist, Carla Dove, works through the feathers of the stuffed birds to find one that matches her sample. (Photo by Mary McGrory/NPR)

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W. Cullen Bryant, (sculpture)

Artist:
Thompson, Launt
Subject:
Bryant, William Cullen
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Portrait male
Occupation--Political--Statesman
Control number:
AECI 01700309
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 329
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Goethe, (sculpture)

Artist:
Kuntze, E. J.
Subject:
Goethe
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Portrait male
Occupation--Writer
Control number:
AECI 01700314
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 334 (Sale info: For Sale)
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Shan't have it, (painting)

Artist:
Roberts, Howard
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Undetermined
Figure
Control number:
AECI 01700315
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 335 (Sale info: For Sale)
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Schiller, (sculpture)

Artist:
Kuntze, E. J.
Subject:
Schiller
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Portrait male
Occupation--Writer
Control number:
AECI 01700316
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 336 (Sale info: For Sale)
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Design for a Lincoln Monument, (drawing)

Artist:
Bailly, J. A.
Type:
Drawings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Architecture--Design
Architecture--Monument--Lincoln Monument
Control number:
AECI 01700310
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 330 (Sale info: For Competition)
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Artist professional affiliation: Philadelphia Sketch Club
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Bust of Gen'l Patterson, (sculpture)

Artist:
Bailly, J. A.
Subject:
Patterson, General
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Portrait male
Occupation--Military--General
Control number:
AECI 01700311
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 331
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Artist professional affiliation: Philadelphia Sketch Club
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Bust of Youth, (sculpture)

Artist:
Bailly, J. A.
Subject:
Unidentified
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust
Control number:
AECI 01700313
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 333 (Sale info: For Sale)
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Artist professional affiliation: Philadelphia Sketch Club
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Taking the Oath and drawing Rations, (sculpture)

Artist:
Rogers, John
Type:
Sculptures
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Topic:
Ceremony--Military
Occupation--Military
History--United States--Civil War
Recreation--Leisure--Eating & Drinking
Control number:
AECI 01700317
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 337 (Sale info: For Sale)
[Object type not specified in catalogue. Designated by indexer's analysis.]
Catalogue of the First Annual Prize Exhibition of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, December, 1865. Philadelphia: Stein & Jones, Printers, 321 Chestnut Street. 1865
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
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Transaction terms for collections management / Smithsonian Institution, Data Content Committee

Author:
Smithsonian Institution
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution
Physical description:
viii, 31 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Terminology
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Museums
Museum techniques
Call number:
AM3 .S64 1994
Notes:
The Data Content Committee was formed to make the Smithsonian Institution Data Dictionary more accessible. The Committee collected terms for three data elements: transaction terms, roles, object type in order to describe how Smithsonian museums and collecting units acquire, dispose, lend, borrow and hold in temporary custody objects and specimens
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Catalogue of holdings of southern African material / Diana L. Newman, Fiona Rankin-Smith and Rayda Becker

Author:
Newman, Diana L
Rankin-Smith, Fiona
Becker, Rayda
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI
Subject:
University of the Witwatersrand Art Galleries
Standard Bank Foundation Art collections
Type:
Articles
Date:
1989
Topic:
Art, South African
Call number:
N7380.5 .N47c 1989
Notes:
This is an inventory of the ethnographic collections of the Standard Bank Foundation and of the University of the Witwatersrand classifed by ethnic group and object type. It also includes "signed" works by artists, wherever known
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Inventories of American painting and sculpture [electronic resource]

Smithsonian American Art Museum inventories of American painting and sculpture
Author:
National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type:
Electronic resources
Directories
Date:
199u
[199-?]-
Topic:
Painting, American
Sculpture, American
Art, American
Call number:
N51 .I58 1990
Notes:
Title from introductory screen
Database includes both the Inventory of American paintings executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American sculpture
Summary:
The database provides information on artworks in public and private collections worldwide, collected from such sources as published catalogues, collection checklists, reports from collectors, journals and magazines, and preservation inventories. Searchable by keyword, or by browsing by artist, title, subject, object type, owner, or call number
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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TGCat: The Chandra Transmission Grating Data Catalog and Archive

Author:
Huenemoerder, David P.
Mitschang, Arik
Dewey, Daniel
Nowak, Michael A.
Schulz, Norbert S.
Nichols, Joy S.
Davis, John E.
Houck, John C.
Marshall, Herman L.
Noble, Michael S.
Morgan, Doug
Canizares, Claude R.
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2011
Topic:
Astronomy
Citation:
The Astronomical Journal, 141(4): 129
Abstract:
The Chandra Transmission Grating Data Archive and Catalog (TGCat) provides easy access to analysis-ready products, specifically, high-resolution X-ray count spectra and their corresponding calibrations. The web interface makes it easy to find observations of a particular object, type of object, or type of observation; to quickly assess the quality and potential usefulness of the spectra from pre-computed summary plots; or to customize a view with an interactive plotter, optionally combining spectra over multiple orders or observations. Data and responses can be downloaded as a package or as individual files, and the query results themselves can be retrieved as ASCII or Virtual Observatory tables. Portable reprocessing scripts used to create the archive and which use the Chandra X-ray Center's (CXC's) software and other publicly available software are also available, facilitating standard or customized reprocessing from Level 1 CXC archival data to spectra and responses with minimal user interaction.
Doi:
10.1088/0004-6256/141/4/129
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Tradition of metal-casting in eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon between 1840 and 1940

Author:
Kandert, Josef
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Cameroon
Cameroon Grassfields
Date:
1990
Topic:
Metalworking
Art metal-work
Art metal-work, Nigerian
Art metal-work, Cameroon
Art metal-work, Igbo
Jewelry
Manillas
Money
Lost-wax process
Crotals
Bells
Metal sculpture
Brass bracelets (Jewelry)
Brass figures (Representations)
Bronze bells (Idiophones)
Tobacco pipes
Call number:
GN37.P8 N21
Notes:
Illustrations, map
The non-ferrous metal casting traditions of eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon have never been looked at collectively and comparatively. This is the task that Kandert sets for himself: "to reconstruct the cultural-historical image of the casting tradition" in an area embracing Igboland, the Benue River basin, Adamawa, the Cross River basin, and the Cameroon Grassfields. What are the "common cultural phenomena" that link similar objects made by different ethnic groups?
The survey of metal objects is introduced with a discussion of sources of metals, historical information on metal casters, and casting techniques. The survey itself (pages 25-95) is presented by object type. Among them are manillas, ceremonial staffs, axes, pipes, swords, daggers, bells, crotals, oliphants, drums, headrests, horse trappings, amulets, figurative sculptures, masks, hairpins, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anklets. The illustrations are mainly line drawings. Many of the objects are from the Náprstek Museum collection in Prague, although Kandert's research took him to other European and American museums and to Nigeria and the Cameroon
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Software for data analysis : programming with R / John M. Chambers

Programming with R
Author:
Chambers, John M
Physical description:
xiv, 498 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Numerical analysis--Data processing
R (Computer program language)
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- 1 Introduction: Principles and Concepts -- 1.1 Exploration: The Mission -- 1.2 Trustworthy Software: The Prime Directive -- 1.3 Concepts for Programming with R -- 1.4 The R System and the S Language -- 2 Using R -- 2.1 Starting R -- 2.2 An Interactive Session -- 2.3 The Language -- 2.4 Objects and Names -- 2.5 Functions and Packages -- 2.6 Getting R -- 2.7 Online Information About R -- 2.8 What's Hard About Using R? -- 3 Programming with R: The Basics -- 3.1 From Commands to Functions -- 3.2 Functions and Functional Programming -- 3.3 Function Objects and Function Calls -- 3.4 The Language -- 3.5 Debugging -- 3.6 Interactive Tracing and Editing -- 3.7 Conditions: Errors and Warnings -- 3.8 Testing R Software -- 4 R Packages -- 4.1 Introduction: Why Write a Package? -- 4.2 The Package Concept and Tools -- 4.3 Creating a Package -- 4.4 Documentation for Packages -- 4.5 Testing Packages -- 4.6 Package Namespaces -- 4.7 Including C Software in Packages -- 4.8 Interfaces to Other Software -- 5 Objects -- 5.1 Objects, Names, and References -- 5.2 Replacement Expressions -- 5.3 Environments -- 5.4 Non-local Assignments; Closures -- 5.5 Connections -- 5.6 Reading and Writing Objects and Data -- 6 Basic Data and Computations -- 6.1 The Evolution of Data in the S Language -- 6.2 Object Types -- 6.3 Vectors and Vector Structures -- 6.4 Vectorizing Computations -- 6.5 Statistical Data: Data Frames -- 6.6 Operators: Arithmetic, Comparison, Logic -- 6.7 Computations on Numeric Data -- 6.8 Matrices and Matrix Computations -- 6.9 Fitting Statistical models -- 6.10 Programming Random Simulations -- 7 Data Visualization and Graphics -- 7.1 Using Graphics in R -- 7.2 The x-y Plot -- 7.3 The Common Graphics Model -- 7.4 The graphics Package -- 7.5 The grid Package -- 7.6 Trellis Graphics and the lattice Package -- 8 Computing with Text -- 8.1 Text Computations for Data Analysis -- 8.2 Importing Text Data -- 8.3 Regular Expressions -- 8.4 Text Computations in R -- 8.5 Using and Writing Perl -- 8.6 Examples of Text Computations -- 9 New Classes -- 9.1 Introduction: Why Classes? -- 9.2 Programming with New Classes -- 9.3 Inheritance and Inter-class Relations -- 9.4 Virtual Classes -- 9.5 Creating and Validating Objects -- 9.6 Programming with S3 Classes -- 9.7 Example: Binary Trees -- 9.8 Example: Data Frames -- 10 Methods and Generic Functions -- 10.1 Introduction: Why Methods? -- 10.2 Method Definitions -- 10.3 New Methods for Old Functions -- 10.4 Programming Techniques for Methods -- 10.5 Generic Functions -- 10.6 How Method Selection Works -- 11 Interfaces I: C and Fortran -- 11.1 Interfaces to C and Fortran -- 11.2 Calling R-Independent Subroutines -- 11.3 Calling R-Dependent Subroutines -- 11.4 Computations in C++ -- 11.5 Loading and Registering Compiled Routines -- 12 Interfaces II: Other Systems -- 12.1 Choosing an Interface -- 12.2 Text- and File-Based Interfaces -- 12.3 Functional Interfaces -- 12.4 Object-Based Interfaces -- 12.5 Interfaces to OOP Languages -- 12.6 Interfaces to C++ -- 12.7 Interfaces to Databases and Spreadsheets -- 12.8 Interfaces without R -- 13 How R Works
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