Rattle: Installation on Ubuntu GNU/Linux

The Ubuntu distribution of GNU/Linux is a polished, easy to install, freely available distribution. It is recommended to the Data Scientist as the platform for analyzing big data. It can be installed on most computers, new and old, as well as on specific tablets and smartphones. It can replace your current operating system (Windows or OSX) or else it can be installed within a VirtualBox on any platform, all for free. If installing within a VirtualBox then enable the VirtualBox guest additions and bidirectional cut/paste.

After installing Ubuntu on your computer, install the wajig package for package management.

$ sudo apt-get install wajig

1. Add CRAN and C2D4U Repositories

We first add the appropriate CRAN repository and the C2D4U repository to the Ubuntu list of repositories. The C2D4U repository is a collection of CRAN packages automatically converted to Debian packages specifically for Ubuntu (maintained by Michael Rutter).

From the command line (and we can also do this through the Software Centre GUI) use an editor, such as gedit, vi, or emacs:

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://cran.rstudio.org/bin/linux/ubuntu saucy/
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/marutter/c2d4u/ubuntu saucy main

The archives are signed to ensure their integrity. We add the signatures to our system:

$ gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key E084DAB9
$ gpg -a --export E084DAB9 | sudo apt-key add -
$ gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key B04C661B
$ gpg -a --export B04C661B | sudo apt-key add -

We can then install the r-recommended and r-base-dev package, which will also pull in a number of other packages.

$ wajig update
$ wajig install r-recommended r-base-dev

We install the dev version so we can install other packages from source, if needed.

This will install the latest version of R.

2. Install Rattle and Friends

We now install Rattle and other CRAN packages.

$ wajig install r-cran-rattle
Other packages to install might include:
 $ wajig install r-cran-ada r-cran-amap r-cran-amelia \
    r-cran-arules r-cran-biclust r-cran-cairodevice r-cran-cba \
    r-cran-circstats r-cran-cluster r-cran-colorspace r-cran-doby \
    r-cran-plyr r-cran-dtw r-cran-e1071 \
    r-cran-fbasics r-cran-fields r-cran-flexmix r-cran-foreign \
    r-cran-gam r-cran-ggplot2 r-cran-gplots r-cran-gridextra \
    r-cran-hmisc r-cran-igraph r-cran-kernlab r-cran-knitr r-cran-lattice \
    r-cran-latticeextra r-cran-lubridate r-cran-matrix r-cran-mclust r-cran-mice \
    r-cran-nnet r-cran-party r-cran-playwith r-cran-plyr \
    r-cran-randomforest r-cran-rcolorbrewer r-cran-rcurl r-cran-reshape2 \
    r-cran-rggobi r-cran-rocr r-cran-rodbc r-cran-rpart \
    r-cran-scatterplot3d r-cran-seriation r-cran-tm \
    r-cran-vcd r-cran-waveslim r-cran-wordcloud r-cran-xlsx \
    r-cran-xlsxjars r-cran-xml r-cran-xtable

As well as the Bioconductor packages:

 $ wajig install r-bioc-biocinstaller 

The following don't have c2d4u packages yet:

 > install.packages(c("pmml", "arulesViz", "corrplot", "descr", "ggdendro",
                      "hmeasure", "latticist", "RGtk2Extras", "rpart.plot",
                      "verification", "weightedKmeans"))

The following comes from the Bioconductor archive:

 > library(BiocInstaller)
 > biocLite("pkgDepTools")
We can then run Rattle:
$ R
> library(rattle)
> rattle()

Currently, Rattle will use R's install.packages to install missing packages. They get installed into the local library (/usr/local/lib/R/site-library) if you have write access there, or else into the user's library (~/R). The C2D4U packages install into the sytem library (/usr/lib/R/site-library). The user's libraries override the local libraries which override the system libraries. Thus packages installed locally using install.packages will override packages installed using wajig. This can be a source of confusion, when we think we have installed a later version than R is loading. Use remove.packages to remove the local R installed packages.

For trouble shooting see Rattle Install Trouble Shooting.

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