[Rd] stringsAsFactors

Martin Maechler m@ech|er @end|ng |rom @t@t@m@th@ethz@ch
Mon Apr 13 09:56:26 CEST 2020

>>>>> Duncan Murdoch 
>>>>>     on Sun, 12 Apr 2020 08:57:14 -0400 writes:

    > The NEWS for R 4.0.0 says "R now uses a stringsAsFactors = FALSE 
    > default, and hence by default no longer converts strings to factors in 
    > calls to data.frame() and read.table()."

    > This seems to have been implemented by setting options(stringsAsFactors 
    > = FALSE) in the main R profile.  However, setting

    > options(stringsAsFactors = NULL)

    > reverts to the same behavior as the old options(stringsAsFactors = 
    > TRUE).  Is this intentional?

No!  Thanks a lot for testing R 4.0.0 alpha/beta, noticing and
alerting us about it.

This will be changed ASAP.

... and it will benefit the whole R user community if quite a
few good R users (as most readers of 'R-devel') would start
using 'R 4.0.0 beta' routinely now --- thanks a lot in advance!


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