Strange Results of summary()

Hubert Palme
Fri, 20 Mar 1998 10:12:11 +0100 (MET)

Martin Maechler: 
 > Read the online help ?   Read the R-notes,  read books about S / S-plus...

Can you recommend me a book about S / S-plus? (it's difficult to
search for "S" in the library catalogue :-)

Perhaps one in German?

 > More seriously:
 > 1) In situations like these, I just look at the R code;
 >    in this case, you'll find  summary -> -> summary.factor
 >    and you'll see that  is
 >, maxsum = 7, ...)
 >    where ``maxsum'' is the argument you may want to use differently..
 > 2) The online help for summary  has been lacking.
 >    R 0.62  will have an improved help page, whose ASCII version I append at
 >    the end. 

Thanks. First I want to reinstall R with a regex library and readline, 
then I'll go on trying.

 > I agree;  implicitly we have often assumed that R users
 > 	- either know  S / Splus
 > 	- or	 are good programmers
 > Lack in documentation ``proves'' the above.

That's the point. It's good to know that you are aware of it :-)

Thanks for your help!

Hubert Palme         Bergische Universitaet-Gesamthochschule Wuppertal
                                      Computing  Center
                                      D-42097 Wuppertal
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