[Rd] Inconsistency in handling of numeric input with %d by sprintf

Evan Cortens ecortens at mtroyal.ca
Tue May 23 16:53:34 CEST 2017

Hi Michael,

I posted something on this topic to R-devel several weeks ago, but never
got a response. My ultimate conclusion is that sprintf() isn't super
consistent in how it handles coercion: sometimes it'll coerce real to
integer without complaint, other times it won't. (My particular email had
to do with the vectors longer than 1 and their positioning vis-a-vis the
format string.) The safest thing is just to pass the right type. In this
case, sprintf('%d', as.integer(NA_real_)) works.



On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 9:23 AM, Michael Chirico <michaelchirico4 at gmail.com>

> Consider
> #as.numeric for emphasis
> sprintf('%d', as.numeric(1))
> # [1] "1"
> vs.
> sprintf('%d', NA_real_)
> >  Error in sprintf("%d", NA_real_) :
>    invalid format '%d'; use format %f, %e, %g or %a for numeric object
> >
> I understand the error is correct, but if it works for other numeric input,
> why doesn't R just coerce NA_real_ to NA_integer_?
> Michael Chirico
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Evan Cortens, PhD
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Mount Royal University

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