Guide to Stat Live iPoIDE
The software distributed through this project is designed to work as an
(i)Portable Integrated Development Environment
through the Emacs text editor. The system was developed for graduate
statistics courses taught by Lihua Chen at the University of Toledo
and thus some references in these tutorials are specific to the
University of Toledo. A central goal of the project is to be
universal, so reports of failure to operate with system configurations
at other institutions are valued.
PC running from DVD: insert DVD and double click
My Computer-> IPOIDE -> runemacs.bat
seconds to auto-launch in the Newton lab).
Running from personal media device (iPhone, iPod, etc) or hard drive:
PC: Double click on the runemacs.bat icon:
Mac: Double click on the blue Emacs icon:
Emacs Keyboard Shortcut Symbols:
C-x means hold down <control> key and press x
on PC: hold down <alt> key and press x
on Mac: press <escape> and press x
The tutorials are arranged in the order suggested for someone learning
computing skills for
statistics. They are intended as a tour of the resources available on
the DVD, taking you through a basic task that highlights the use of
each tool through Emacs, and (not completed) how to find help and more
advanced instructions. These mini-tutorials may be extended if this project gets
support, though many good manuals and tutorials already exist for most
of these tools.
If you are using this at home, you can copy the entire DVD to a convenient location on your hard drive.
This will increase the speed of many operations. Better still, if you have an iPod with enough space,
you can copy the entire DVD to your iPod. In any case, for Windows you will then lanuch runemacs.bat
and on the Mac double click the Emacs icon.
Tour of the iPoIDE
A more comfortable keyboard layout you may want to consider.
The Emacs web site was updated sometime in May 2007. It now has an
excellent 'tour' that replaces my tutorial, which you can still find here:
Note, for the convenience of people accustomed to Windows, some DVDs
enable cua-mode by default, which allows you to use the Windows keys
for copy and paste. Before trying the built-in Emacs tutorial or using
R, issue the command
to toggle this mode off.
To run the tutorial from within Emacs (better than playing a game on
For all other tutorials, first practice opening and resizing windows
on your PC and copying from Windows and pasting to Emacs.
Distributed version control.
Please do give the version control tutorial a try.
Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, and augmenting
the Windows command shell.
Comprehensive Exercises and Talks
Readme file listing contents of
A structured statistical task to take you through the tools
and concepts used on this DVD.
Talk on statistical computing presented
to University of Toledo Statistical Seminar motivating this project in
the context of statistical computing.
Notes from a course module that included a section using the iPoIDE.
Talk/demo on the iPoIDE and the National Science Foundation's
Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation Initiatives.
if you have questions or suggestions regrading this task, or the DVD in general.
Created: Mon Jan 22 2007