[Rd] Accuracy problems in summary()? (PR#4101)
maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Sep 9 16:09:34 MEST 2003
>>>>> "MM" == Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>
>>>>> on Mon, 8 Sep 2003 16:09:58 +0200 (MET DST) writes:
MM> A bug report with a "?" is **wrong**, almost by
I was wrong here. As Grame has pointed out (privately), the "?"
can well be used to indicate that it's not clear *where* the
MM> (and your definitely is).
because help(summary) really tells you about the `digits ='
argument which is applied with some inconsistency in the
different summary() methods.
The reason for this has been S(-plus) compatibility that we
didn't want to drop too quickly.
MM> Please ask questions on R-help.
or proposals about changing R behavior on R-devel.
I think there's a point here that could be discussed: Changing
current behavior while trying to remain S compatible as much as
MM> And this has become almost a FAQ.
But people have been told quite a few times to use something
like summary(*, digits = 7) if they wanted different behavior.
MM> Note that sending bug-reports for non-bugs can be quite
MM> counter-productive. The waste of time it produces to R
MM> developers will not improve the quality of development
MM> nor answers...
MM> (yes, I'm grouchy.....)
and hereby apologize to Graeme.
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