[Rd] glitch in terms documentation (PR#4146)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Sep 13 09:00:06 MEST 2003

On Fri, 12 Sep 2003 ross at biostat.ucsf.edu wrote:

> These are two small items that caught my eye.
> I'm looking at the R 1.7.1 2003-06-16 pdf reference manual.  There are
> several refences to terms.default (e.g., p. 711, 712) but no definitions
> of it.  I'm guessing this means terms, but it's a little puzzling.

No, it means the default method of the terms generic. Try ?terms.default, 
which gives you a complete explanation.

Page numbers are useless to us, BTW, as they depend on the papersize and
I suspect you are not using ISO sizes.

> Also, the desription of terms.object  does not mention that the
> "variables" attribute is actually a list of calls--surprising to me,

It isn't.  It is a single call to list.

> since I was expecting text like all.vars.

But, it says it is a `list'.  Wrong, but not character (if that is what 
you meant by `text').

>   It would be useful to
> indicate if all.vars returns the same ordering as the variables
> attribute (at least, I'm wondering it now, though this might be a sign
> I've gone astray).

What has all.vars to do with terms?  All.vars applies to an expression or 
call, and terms() applies to a formula or a model object.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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