A team of five students implemented various apportionment methods in the R programming language under the joint supervision of László Á. Kóczy and Balázs Sziklai, two renowned experts on apportionment methods from Budapest, and Jochen Staudacher who has expertise in establishing R packages, i.e. official extensions of the R programming environment on CRAN, the Comprehensive R Archive Network.
In addition to clearly structured routines for apportionment methods, the student team also provided a population distribution generator that can be used to run simulations.
We are hoping to establish the R package “Apportionment” on CRAN by early January 2020. The software will be distributed under general public licence, GPL-3.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic the student team had to collaborate virtually. Weekly meetings via ZOOM worked stably throughout the semester and the student team enjoyed the Hungarian-German cooperation very much despite the difficult circumstances in spring 2020.