[R] about the char _
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From: Murray Jorgensen <maj at waikato.ac.nz>
Subject: Re: [R] about the char _
> Just one small point: the assignment symbol must be about the most commonly
> used symbol in any computer language. Yet in R and S+ it is represented by
> a two-character string with, moreover, a change in case!
Members of the Pascal family have that same quirk [there,
assignment is := ]. I admit to being a lazy typist (as have others
here), and that quirk used to annoy me. But I'd expect that most R
code actually gets written in someone's favorite editor, and that
that editor almost certainly has the ability to define the string "<-"
as a keyboard macro. That's how I learned to live with ":="
through several incarnations of Pascal.
I won't mind
> giving up underscore as an assignment if an alternate single character,
> preerably lower-case symbol is made available. Trouble is, I can't think of
> Murray Jorgensen
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