RE^2: [Rd] New generic functions in "R base" {was `truncate'}

Warnes, Gregory R
Wed, 23 May 2001 14:56:34 -0400

> From: Martin Maechler []
> Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 11:30 AM
> To:
> Subject: RE^2: [Rd] New generic functions in "R base" {was `truncate'}


> Apropos  ci() :
>  There's the very generally useful  confint() function in MASS.
>  Since MASS will become one of the recommended packages `real soon now',
>  I doubt that we'd want yet another one in `base'.
>  Or do you have reasons to prefer your ci() over V&R's  confint() ?
>  If so, it may make quite some sense discussing that on R-devel..
> Regards, Martin

Actually, I wasn't aware of the confint() function in MASS.  My ci()
function doesn't have any particular advantage.  

Actually, this illustrates a problem and raises another issue.  As it turns
out, I'm not the only one to have (unnecessarily) re-implemented the
features of confint() because it didn't occur to me to look in MASS for it.
I'm sure that others have had the same thing happen.

Shouldn't such generally useful functions get moved into base or some other
package that is on the default search path?  


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