R, an environment for statistical computing, enjoys popularity in the wider fields of computational biology. Until now, if you would feel like consuming an SBML model in R you could use the Bioconductor project rsbml. It would be great for reading SBML (by transforming it into a DOM).
Over the past weeks I’ve spend some time looking into R bindings for libSBML based on SWIG code generation. This will make it possible to fully create / manipulate / validate SBML documents from R. At the same time support for all SBML packages will be readily available.
First experiments seem to be quite convincing, I’ve ported all the C examples over to R (isn’t it nice how you can write C code in any language?). From here I would hope that some R and SBML enthusiast could write some helper functions to make the functions more R-like. Here the examples:
In order to install the bindings you need to have R 2.15.1 simply download the binary package for your system:
And then execute
R CMD INSTALL <archivename>
(or choose install from local package in the RGui.) I did not have luck renaming these files, so perhaps the names have to be what they are. If you are interested in compiling a binary package from source, you can use the CMake build files and select WITH_R to have it build the R bindings (tested with SWIG 2.0.4). In any case I would look forward to hear how it is working for you.