I had lots to do recently, so I had very little time for action on the
list. The reason is, I was the local organiser for a conference we just
held here in Ancona (http://cide.info/conf/iceee2009.php
), which was a lot
of work, so allow me to group in this one message a few not-so-closely
acf function: all in all, I like it. I have a few reservations as of now,
but I'll keep them to myself until I find some time to study the code
(next few days)
VAR/VECM stuff: ditto.
Gretl wiki: it's great that Andreas has started putting material on it. I
hope more will follow. My apologies for it not working properly for some
time, but it ought to be ok by now.
Google summer of code: one of the people I met in person for the first
time at the conference was Stefano Iacus, from the R core team, who is one
of the maintainers of the foreign package. In the past, we grabbed code
from one another: they got the Eviews filter from Allin's implementation,
we got the Stata filter, IIRC we both got SPSS from PSPP. We agreed that
it'd be great to have a separate project for filters as a C library that
gretl and R could both link to centralise efforts; however, it'd be quite
a lot of work. A nice idea that Stefano had was to propose this as a GSOC
project, with joint R/gretl sponsorship; however, I understand that
there's little time left to set up this kind of initiative, so if you guys
think it's a good idea, it's time to start planning it.
Mac users: since the Mac subpopulation is not very active on our mailing
lists, I got hold of all mac users I could find at the conference to
ask them (1) if they use gretl and (2) if they found and bugs or
inconveniences. Much to my delight, I got yes to (1) and no to (2) in all
cases. Again, kudos to Allin!
Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti
Dipartimento di Economia
Università Politecnica delle Marche