[Rd] acf inherits problem

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jun 19 08:45:41 MEST 2003

It's not the same problem as was fixed for 1.7.0, which was 
namespace-related.  It's clearer if you do

z <- as.ts(matrix(rnorm(100), , 1))

The problem is that you have an n x 1 matrix as a time series. That _is_
somewhat silly, and avoiding that avoids the problem (and it does not 
occur in any of our test suites, unsurprisingly).

I think as.ts/ts ought to drop() such matrices.

The test

    if (is.matrix(x)) 
has always been wrong in that case: it should be 

    if (is.matrix(x) && ncol(x) > 1)

The problem has long been there, just the wrong method was called and
coped in the past.

I've put a fix in R-patched.

On Wed, 18 Jun 2003, Paul Gilbert wrote:

> I think this is a bug, but perhap someone could confirm that it is not
> just me doing something stupid. (I vaguely recall something like this
> previously getting fixed in 1.7.0.)
> R : Copyright 2003, The R Development Core Team
> Version 1.7.1  (2003-06-16)
> > z <-matrix(rnorm(100), 100,1)
> > acf(as.ts(z), type="partial")
> Error in inherits(x, "ts") : evaluation is nested too deeply: infinite recursion?
> > version

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