[Rd] cor(*, use = "pair") bug in R 1.8.0 (PR#4646)

maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Sat Oct 18 16:05:45 MEST 2003

As reported on R-help by Ming-Chung Li,
the cor() function has a new bug in R 1.8.0 when used with
matrix arguments (to give the Cor-Matrix) and the non-default	  
      use = "pairwise.complete.obs"
argument (which can be abbreviated, e.g.   to  use = "pair").

A quite minimal example is

  > x <- cbind(1:3, c(0,4,5))
  > cor(x)[1,2]
  [1] 0.9449112
  > cor(x,use="pair")[1,2]
  [1] 0.8858796

This shouldn't have happened, has been my fault, and will be fixed shortly.

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