deepdep was created to acquire and visualize information on dependencies of R packages in a smart and convenient way. Most of its functionality is contained in two functions:
deepdep – to get a
data.frame with dependencies described and
plot_dependencies – visualize this
Suppose you’re creating an R package and you want to include graph of its dependencies to your vignette,
README.md file on your git repository or article on your package. With
deepdep you simply need to type one line:
But before we describe how this function works in detail, let’s see what are other functionalities of the package.
deepdep package exports the following functions:
Those functions rely on each other and are ordered from the lowest to the highest level. We’ll describe what they exactly do and how on examples.
This function lists, as the name indicates, available packages. The default behaviour is listing all CRAN packages.
t <- get_available_packages() head(t, 20) #> A3 aaSEA ABACUS abbyyR abc #> "A3" "aaSEA" "ABACUS" "abbyyR" "abc" #> abc.data ABC.RAP abcADM ABCanalysis abcdeFBA #> "abc.data" "ABC.RAP" "abcADM" "ABCanalysis" "abcdeFBA" #> ABCoptim ABCp2 abcrf abcrlda abctools #> "ABCoptim" "ABCp2" "abcrf" "abcrlda" "abctools" #> abd abdiv abe abf2 ABHgenotypeR #> "abd" "abdiv" "abe" "abf2" "ABHgenotypeR"
However, if you want to check if package is present in a little wider range – on CRAN or Bioconductor repositories, you simply need to set argument
bioc = TRUE. In this case function is simply wrapper around
BiocManager::available() and to use it you need to have
BiocManager package (available via CRAN) installed.
Another possibility is checking what packages are installed – you do it by adding
local = TRUE parameter.
Result of this function is cached (for more details, see Caching section of this vignette).
When you know, that given package is available, you may want to obtain DESCRIPTION of this package, at least the most essential parts of it, especially dependencies. You can do it by calling:
get_description("DALEXtra") #> DALEXtra: Extension for 'DALEX' Package #> Maintainer: Szymon Maksymiuk <firstname.lastname@example.org> #> Description: #> Provides wrapper of various machine learning models. #> In applied machine learning, there #> is a strong belief that we need to strike a balance #> between interpretability and accuracy. #> However, in field of the interpretable machine learning, #> there are more and more new ideas for explaining black-box models, #> that are implemented in 'R'. #> 'DALEXtra' creates 'DALEX' Biecek (2018) <arXiv:1806.08915> explainer for many type of models #> including those created using 'python' 'scikit-learn' and 'keras' libraries, 'java' 'h2o' library and #> 'mljar' API. Important part of the package is Champion-Challenger analysis and innovative approach #> to model performance across subsets of test data presented in Funnel Plot. #> Third branch of 'DALEXtra' package is aspect importance analysis #> that provides instance-level explanations for the groups of explanatory variables. #> Depends: R DALEX #> Imports: reticulate ggplot2 glmnet ggdendro gridExtra #> LinkingTo: #> Suggests: auditor ingredients gbm ggrepel h2o mlr mlr3 randomForest rmarkdown rpart xgboost testthat #> Enhances: #> Scrap date: 2020-03-29 15:56:30
Again, you can pass
bioc = TRUE if you want to check for this package in Bioconductor repository. Notice that if package is not found there, it will be searched for on CRAN. The reason behind this type of behaviour is the fact that packages present on Bioconductor are updated more often than on CRAN and not all of them are present here. Option
local = TRUE for only installed packages is also possible. If a package is not available in a given source, the function will return
get_description("a4") #> NULL get_description("a4", bioc = TRUE) #> a4: Automated Affymetrix Array Analysis Umbrella Package #> Maintainer: Tobias Verbeke <email@example.com>, Laure Cougnaud <firstname.lastname@example.org> #> Description: #> Automated Affymetrix Array Analysis Umbrella Package #> Depends: a4Base a4Preproc a4Classif a4Core a4Reporting #> Imports: #> LinkingTo: #> Suggests: MLP nlcv ALL Cairo Rgraphviz GOstats #> Enhances: #> Scrap date:
Result of this function is also cached (for more details, see Caching section of this vignette).
This package allows you obtaining information on how many times specified package was downloaded. However, it works only with CRAN packages.
Results of this function is not cached.
After parsing description file, you can now create a
data.frame which will describe dependencies between given package and others. You do it by using this function:
get_dependencies("ggplot2") #> name version type last_day last_week last_month last_quarter #> 1 digest <NA> Imports 39865 262321 986710 2965036 #> 2 glue <NA> Imports 42958 282572 1160950 2898182 #> 3 gtable >= 0.1.1 Imports 20077 128666 470044 1394882 #> 4 isoband <NA> Imports 37165 240075 1008526 1928449 #> 5 MASS <NA> Imports 8807 67166 177170 466434 #> 6 mgcv <NA> Imports 2292 15263 61931 205190 #> 7 rlang >= 0.3.0 Imports 99423 540004 1694664 4830343 #> 8 scales >= 0.5.0 Imports 28359 185904 713294 2042213 #> 9 tibble <NA> Imports 56078 362961 1308099 3184808 #> 10 withr >= 2.0.0 Imports 29213 193036 651344 1647860 #> last_half grand_total #> 1 5388525 27426972 #> 2 4982082 19309278 #> 3 2669691 16965759 #> 4 1934911 1943326 #> 5 865161 6274186 #> 6 502130 4919382 #> 7 8914698 29620385 #> 8 4021770 21705077 #> 9 5684615 25607370 #> 10 3059479 13720976
As with two previously described functions -
get_description, here you can also use
bioc = TRUE or
local = TRUE and again, in case the package is not available, the result will be
NULL. Here you have another options to set.
The first one is parameter
downloads – should number of downloads of packages be included? It uses
get_downloads and works only with CRAN packages.
Another, more important parameter is
dependency_type. You can specify how detailed should be list of dependencies. Default value is
c("Depends", "Imports"), but you can chose any combination of those and additionally
"Suggests", "Enhances", "LinkingTo".
get_dependencies("ggplot2", downloads = FALSE, dependency_type = c("Imports", "Suggests", "Enhances")) #> name version type #> 1 digest <NA> Imports #> 2 glue <NA> Imports #> 3 gtable >= 0.1.1 Imports #> 4 isoband <NA> Imports #> 5 MASS <NA> Imports #> 6 mgcv <NA> Imports #> 7 rlang >= 0.3.0 Imports #> 8 scales >= 0.5.0 Imports #> 9 tibble <NA> Imports #> 10 withr >= 2.0.0 Imports #> 11 covr <NA> Suggests #> 12 dplyr <NA> Suggests #> 13 ggplot2movies <NA> Suggests #> 14 hexbin <NA> Suggests #> 15 Hmisc <NA> Suggests #> 16 knitr <NA> Suggests #> 17 lattice <NA> Suggests #> 18 mapproj <NA> Suggests #> 19 maps <NA> Suggests #> 20 maptools <NA> Suggests #> 21 multcomp <NA> Suggests #> 22 munsell <NA> Suggests #> 23 nlme <NA> Suggests #> 24 profvis <NA> Suggests #> 25 quantreg <NA> Suggests #> 26 rgeos <NA> Suggests #> 27 rmarkdown <NA> Suggests #> 28 rpart <NA> Suggests #> 29 sf >= 0.7-3 Suggests #> 30 svglite >=\n220.127.116.1101 Suggests #> 31 testthat >= 2.1.0 Suggests #> 32 vdiffr >= 0.3.0 Suggests #> 33 sp <NA> Enhances
Result of this function is not cached (at least yet).
The main function of the package – it is simply wrapper around
get_dependencies, that allows you getting not only dependencies, but also dependencies of the dependencies iteratively! (Now you know, why we called it deepdep).
Parameters are the same as in
get_dependencies, but additionally you can specify
depth parameter, which describes how many iterations it function should perform. If
depth equals 1, it’s simply the same as calling
deepdep("ggplot2", depth = 2) #> origin name version type origin_level dest_level #> 1 ggplot2 digest <NA> Imports 0 1 #> 2 ggplot2 glue <NA> Imports 0 1 #> 3 ggplot2 gtable >= 0.1.1 Imports 0 1 #> 4 ggplot2 isoband <NA> Imports 0 1 #> 5 ggplot2 MASS <NA> Imports 0 1 #> 6 ggplot2 mgcv <NA> Imports 0 1 #> 7 ggplot2 rlang >= 0.3.0 Imports 0 1 #> 8 ggplot2 scales >= 0.5.0 Imports 0 1 #> 9 ggplot2 tibble <NA> Imports 0 1 #> 10 ggplot2 withr >= 2.0.0 Imports 0 1 #> 11 isoband Rcpp <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 12 mgcv nlme >= 3.1-64 Depends 1 2 #> 13 mgcv Matrix <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 14 scales farver >= 2.0.0 Imports 1 2 #> 15 scales labeling <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 16 scales munsell >= 0.5 Imports 1 2 #> 17 scales R6 <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 18 scales RColorBrewer <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 19 scales viridisLite <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 20 scales lifecycle <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 21 tibble cli <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 22 tibble crayon >= 1.3.4 Imports 1 2 #> 23 tibble ellipsis >= 0.2.0 Imports 1 2 #> 24 tibble fansi >= 0.4.0 Imports 1 2 #> 25 tibble lifecycle >= 0.2.0 Imports 1 2 #> 26 tibble magrittr <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 27 tibble pillar >= 1.4.3 Imports 1 2 #> 28 tibble pkgconfig <NA> Imports 1 2 #> 29 tibble rlang >= 0.4.3 Imports 1 1 #> 30 tibble vctrs >= 0.2.4 Imports 1 2
As famous quote says,
A picture is worth more than a thousand words.
That’s why we have
plot_dependencies function. It allows visualizing easily what are dependencies of specified package.
The function is generic, and currently supports two types of object – you can pass a
deepdep object, result of the calling the
deepdep function or just type name of the package. With the latter option you can also pass arguments to
get_dependencies as additional parameters.
In each of the plots you can see one package name in the centre and two circles of packages gathered around them. These are dependencies of the first and second level.
Default plot type is circular, as you can see on the examples presented above. However, you can set
plot_type parameter to
Not all dependencies are plotted. To increase readability, dependencies on the same level are hidden, but you can change this behaviour
You can also make use of numbers of downloads you obtained. There is an option to add labels to only certain percentage of most downloaded packages among those that are about to be plotted. This is meant to increase readability of the plot.
Finally, returned object is a
ggplot object, so you can easily manipulate them with syntax known from
ggplot2 package. We also use
ggraph enhancement for plotting graphs.
As we notoriously indicated in the text, we are using caching to make everything a little bit faster. Functions that operate on the lowest level, after scrapping information from the repositories, store them in temporary files on the local machine. As a consequence, calling function the second time with the same set of parameters, should be faster.
State is also refreshed every 20 minutes to make sure you don’t miss any major update.
To make sure that you have the most recent data, you need to call
get_description with parameter
reset_cache = TRUE.