FW: [Rd] sum overflow (PR#1091)
Warnes, Gregory R
Thu, 13 Sep 2001 16:45:37 -0400
> From: David Smith [mailto:email@example.com]
>> From: Prof Brian Ripley
>> If you use integers you need to be aware of the consequences. It's a
>> feature not a bug.
> Perhaps, but maybe a more useful feature would be to signal to the user
> such an overflow occurs? Sv4 does this by returning NA for overflow
> > a <- (1:1000)
> > b <- (1:1000)
> > sum(a * a) * sum(b * b)
>  NA
> When this was introduced in S-PLUS 5, we discovered some overflow errors
> were previously unaware of in S-PLUS (by noticing NAs in the results).
This is a first step in the right direction. I think that having overflows
generate of NA's should be augmented by a warning or an error message.
Thus we would get something like:
> a <- (1:1000)
> b <- (1:1000)
> sum(a * a) * sum(b * b)
Integer overflow produced NA's in: .Primitive("*")
>  NA
Now, the problem will be clear to the user, and many users will immediately
see how to get around it.
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