by Andrie de Vries
A few weeks ago I wrote about the growth of CRAN packages, where I demonstrated how to scrape CRAN archives to get an estimate of the number of packages over time. In this post I briefly mentioned that the Ecdat package contains a dataset, CRANpackages, with snapshots recorded by John Fox and Spencer Graves.
Here is a plot of the data they collected. The dataset contains data through 2014, so I manually added the package count as of today (8,329).