[Rd] round off errors? (PR#13918)

claus.henry at gmx.de claus.henry at gmx.de
Sat Aug 29 09:35:11 CEST 2009

Full_Name: Claus Pastor
Version: 2.9.2
OS: Windows XP
Submission from: (NULL) (

I use the following function to compute MutualInformation Matrix of factorial
members of a dataframe. I use package minet for this:

my.MI = function(test) {
## die Diagonale gibt die Entropien, Teile durch entropy von y und du erhälst
den Zusammenhang
## kenne X und sage daraus y voraus
	MI.matrix = matrix(0,nrow=length(test),ncol=length(test),dimnames=list(names(test),names(test)))
	for (i in 1:length(test)) {
		for (j in 1:length(test)) {
			temp = na.omit(test[,c(i,j)])
			MI = build.mim(temp)
			p.i = prop.table(table(temp[,1]))
			p.j = prop.table(table(temp[,2]))
			H.i = sum(-p.i*log(p.i))
			H.j = sum(-p.j*log(p.j))
			MI.matrix[i,j] = MI[1,2]/H.j
			MI.matrix[j,i] = MI[1,2]/H.i

The function works well under R 2.8.

Under R2.9.2 it produces Mutual Information values (MI) of more than 1 (e.g.
1.000013) which are not allowed. MI is in [0:1]. I suppose there are rounding
errors anywhere in the new R 2.9.2.

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