[Rd] What algorithm is R using to calculate mean?

Prof J C Nash (U30A) nashjc at uottawa.ca
Sat Jul 27 16:35:26 CEST 2013

There is quite a literature on related methods for variance. If anyone 
is interested, I did some work (and even published the code in the 
magazine Interface Age in 1981) on some of these. I could probably put 
together scans of relevant materials, some of which are not easily 
available. It would make a good Master's or senior undergrad project, 
and could be (possibly has been) extended to compute covariance matrices 
properly for very large data sets and streaming data.


On 13-07-27 06:00 AM, r-devel-request at r-project.org wrote:
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> From: Ravi Varadhan<ravi.varadhan at jhu.edu>
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> This uses the idea of Kahan's summation, if I am not mistaken.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahan_summation_algorithm
> Ravi
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