Jobs/M2 DV 2014 lisp-statistiques


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Lisp for statistics: an alternative to R
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M2 DV 2014 lisp-statistiques


5 - 6 months in 2014

Research field

Dynamic Languages

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Didier Verna

General presentation of the field

Having attended my lectures on functional programming. Prior knowledge of Lisp and/or R would help.


R is a programming language for statistics. Because of its historical development, it has many similarities with Scheme (a language from the Lisp family), but also many problems: in particular, it is a language which is not compiled. The biggest complaint of its users is therefore its lack of performance. For this (bad) reason a number of totally esoteric features have been added to it. The goal of this internship is to study how to port a particular application of R to an equivalent one in Common Lisp. The first objective (which is certain) is to achieve a much higher level of performance than that of the original application. The long term goal is to consider a new implementation of R (or of a subset of R) over Common Lisp, with the intuition that it will result in a much simpler and better system, which is in addition much more efficient.

Benefit for the candidate

Familiarization with a new dynamic programming language (Lisp)​​, and with a language for statistics (R). Note: This internship will be in principle in partnership with a researcher at CNRS / University Paris V.

Place LRDE: How to get to us

800€ euros gross/month

Future work opportunities

If you have performed the internship satisfactorily, we would like it to be followed by a PhD thesis.