[Rd] specials issue, a heads up

Hugh Parsonage hugh@p@r@on@ge @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Mon Feb 24 18:01:18 CET 2020

I mean if the person filing the bug regards style as more important than
the truth of how R treats formulas then they’re literally talking in
another language.

I strongly recommend you do nothing or at most make a note in the
documentation addressing this. Your time is too valuable.

On Tue, 25 Feb 2020 at 12:56 am, Therneau, Terry M., Ph.D. via R-devel <
r-devel using r-project.org> wrote:

> I recently had a long argument wrt the survival package, namely that the
> following code
> didn't do what they expected, and so they reported it as a bug
>    survival::coxph( survival::Surv(time, status) ~ age + sex +
> survival::strata(inst),
> data=lung)
> a. The Google R style guide  recommends that one put :: everywhere
> b. This breaks the recognition of cluster as a "special" in the terms
> function.
> I've been stubborn and said that their misunderstanding of how formulas
> work is not my
> problem.   But I'm sure that the issue will come up again, and multiple
> other packages
> will break.
> A big problem is that the code runs, it just gives the wrong answer.
> Suggestions?
> Terry T.
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