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Foundation of array-like containers in Bioconductor

Bioconductor version: Release (3.19)

The S4Arrays package defines the Array virtual class to be extended by other S4 classes that wish to implement a container with an array-like semantic. It also provides: (1) low-level functionality meant to help the developer of such container to implement basic operations like display, subsetting, or coercion of their array-like objects to an ordinary matrix or array, and (2) a framework that facilitates block processing of array-like objects (typically on-disk objects).

Author: Hervé Pagès [aut, cre], Jacques Serizay [ctb]

Maintainer: Hervé Pagès <hpages.on.github at>

Citation (from within R, enter citation("S4Arrays")):


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biocViews DataRepresentation, Infrastructure, Software
Version 1.4.1
In Bioconductor since BioC 3.17 (R-4.3) (1 year)
License Artistic-2.0
Depends R (>= 4.3.0), methods, Matrix, abind, BiocGenerics(>= 0.45.2), S4Vectors, IRanges
Imports stats, crayon
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Suggests BiocParallel, SparseArray(>= 0.0.4), DelayedArray, testthat, knitr, rmarkdown, BiocStyle
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Depends On Me DelayedArray, SparseArray
Imports Me alabaster.matrix, HDF5Array, SummarizedExperiment
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