Three Wise Monkeys


ThreeWiseMonkeys is an R implementation of the Japanese pictorial maxim “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. It is otherwise useless, but perhaps in a fun way.


As might be expected ThreeWiseMonkeys has three functions: See, Hear and Speak.


The See function “sees” no evil in the form of a plot reading “No evil.”.


The Speak function speaks “no evil”, in the form of an audio file played by the user’s default .wav player. This should work out-of-the-box on Windows and Linux. Mac users may need to set their default player using something like tuneR::setWavPlayer("/Applications/'QuickTime'/Contents/MacOS/'QuickTime Player'")


The Hear function can only hear no evil. More specifically Hear will only accept either strings containing some variant of "no evil" or values/objects with names containing some variant of “no evil”. The function will replace punctuation with spaces and multiple spaces with a single space, as well as ignoring case, so strings like "no_evil" and "No - eVil" will be accepted. Anything else passed to Hear will throw an error.

What’s the point?

ThreeWiseMonkeys is an experiment. It began when I noticed that ~1700 people had downloaded an early version of my SwimmeR package in the first few months after its release. SwimmeR by nature has limited appeal given that its use is downloading, cleaning, and otherwise working with data from swimming competitions. Only so many people are interested in that sort of thing, and 1700 seemed like a lot, especially for an early stage (0.0.1 version) package with only a couple niche-use functions.

Enter ThreeWiseMonkeys, a package with no use whatsoever. I plan to submit it to CRAN and then use it as a baseline for looking at CRAN downloads.