I have ported a package in another programming environment, and I want to write a paper of my ported package. Would it be considered cheating?
I have implemented a package in Python, that is modeled after an R package, which means my package has the design and APIs similar to original's.
The authors of original R package has published an official paper about the package on Journal of Statistical Software. And now I want to write a paper about my python package.
The point is, since the design and APIs are similar, the structure and content of the my paper would be similar to that of the original package's paper. For example, in the original paper, the authors explained what
Corpus class is, and in my paper, I would explain that my python-version
Corpus has similar attributes.
The biggest differences are brought by the environments and dependence, and some language-specific details.
So, would it be considered cheating if I write the paper of ported software? Of course, the relative sections of my paper would include the comparisons between two packages and I would cite the original paper as appropriate as I can.