*collapse* is a C/C++ based package for data transformation and statistical computing in R. It’s aims are:

- To facilitate complex data transformation, exploration and computing tasks in R.
- To help make R code fast, flexible, parsimonious and programmer friendly.

It is among the fastest and most broadly compatible, but also one of the most thoroughly documented packages on CRAN. Documentation comes in 4 different forms:

After installing *collapse*, you can call `help("collapse-documentation")`

which will produce a central help page providing a broad overview of the entire functionality of the package, including direct links to all function documentation pages and links to 11 further topical documentation pages describing how clusters of related functions work together. The names of these additional help pages are contained in a global macro `.COLLAPSE_TOPICS`

and can so easily be called from the R console as well. Function documentation is interlinked with the relevant topical pages, and all documentation pages link back to the central overview page at `help("collapse-documentation")`

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Thus *collapse* comes with a fully structured hierarchical documentation which you can browse within R - and you don’t require anything else to fully understand this package. The Documentation is also available online.

In addition, the package page under `help("collapse-package")`

provides some more general information about the package and its design philosophy, as well as a very compact set of examples covering most of the important functionality.

Reading `help("collapse-package")`

and `help("collapse-documentation")`

and working through the examples on `help("collapse-package")`

is probably the fastest way to get acquainted with the package.

There are also 4 vignettes which are available online (due to their size and the enhanced browsing experience on the website). The vignettes are:

**Introduction to**: Introduces all main features in a structured way*collapse*: Demonstrates the integration of collapse with*collapse*and*dplyr**dplyr*/*tidyverse*workflows and associated performance improvements: Demonstrates the integration of collapse with*collapse*and*plm**plm*and shows examples of efficient programming with panel data: Shows how collapse and*collapse*and*data.table**data.table*may be used together in a harmonious way

I maintain a blog linked to Rbloggers.com where I introduced *collapse* with some compact posts covering central functionality. Among these, the post about programming with *collapse* is highly recommended for ambitious users and developers willing to build on *collapse*, as it exposes to some degree how central parts of *collapse* work together and provides tips on how to write very efficient *collapse* code. Future blog posts will expose some specialized functionality in more detail.

Finally, there is a cheatsheet at Rstudio that compactly summarizes the collapse function space, similar to `help("collapse-documentation")`

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