[Rd] meaning of "trim" in mean()
P.Dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Thu Oct 25 15:25:16 CEST 2007
Liaw, Andy wrote:
> (I see this in both R-patched r43124 and R-devel r43233.)
> In the Argument section of ?mean:
> trim the fraction (0 to 0.5) of observations to be trimmed from each
> end of x before the mean is computed. Values outside that range are
> taken as the nearest endpoint.
> Then in the Value section:
> If trim is non-zero, a symmetrically trimmed mean is computed with a
> fraction of trim observations deleted from each end before the mean is
> The description in "trim" to me sounds like Windsorizing, rather than
> trimming. Should that be edited?
I think so:
> x <- sort(rnorm(10))
> mean(x[c(2,2:9,9)]) # Winsorizing
So yes, it is trimming, not Winsorizing, and the last sentence in the
description of "trim" is misleading and should be, well..., trimmed.
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