[Rd] quantile() names

Gabriel Becker g@bembecker @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Mon Dec 14 22:23:00 CET 2020

Hi Edgar,

I certainly don't think quantile(x, .975) should return 980, as that is
a completely wrong answer.

I do agree that it seems like the name is a bit offputting. I'm not sure
how deep in the machinery you'd have to go to get digits to no effect on
the names (I don't have time to dig in right this second).

On the other hand, though, if we're going to make the names not respect
digits entirely, what do we do when someone does quantile(x, 1/3)? That'd
be a bad time had by all without digits coming to the rescue, i think.


On Mon, Dec 14, 2020 at 11:55 AM Merkle, Edgar C. <merklee using missouri.edu>

> All,
> Consider the code below
> options(digits=2)
> x <- 1:1000
> quantile(x, .975)
> The value returned is 975 (the 97.5th percentile), but the name has been
> shortened to "98%" due to the digits option. Is this intended? I would have
> expected the name to also be "97.5%" here. Alternatively, the returned
> value might be 980 in order to match the name of "98%".
> Best,
> Ed
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