[Rd] "make check" fails on lapack.R and stats-Ex.R

Pacey, Mike m.pacey at lancaster.ac.uk
Thu Oct 23 12:14:15 CEST 2014

Hi Martyn,

Thanks for the analysis on that, and I'll remember that test in future - I've not seen a rounding error quite so finely balanced before. I've been using the "-fp-model precise" advice referenced in that document for a while - apparently it wasn't sufficient for this case.

Thanks also to Brian for sanity checking the linear algebra results in a previous post, and apologies for my imprecise terminology.


-----Original Message-----
From: Martyn Plummer [mailto:plummerm at iarc.fr] 
Sent: 23 October 2014 10:46
To: Pacey, Mike
Cc: r-devel at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [Rd] "make check" fails on lapack.R and stats-Ex.R

On Thu, 2014-10-23 at 08:19 +0000, Pacey, Mike wrote:
> As my attachment doesn't seem to have survived transit, I'm cut'n'pasting the relevant failures here:
> Testing examples for package 'stats'
>   comparing 'stats-Ex.Rout' to 'stats-Ex.Rout.save' ...
> 6466c6466
> < Grand Mean: 291.5937
> ---
> > Grand Mean: 291.5938

I see the same thing, but it is not as bad as it looks. The actual value is 291.59375 so a small amount of numerical error can make the rounding to 4 decimal places go either way:

> print(fit[[1]]$coefficients, digits=16)

Note that MKL sacrifices reproducibility (and hence precision) for speed. See more details here:



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