[R] rank of matrix (was Help)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Apr 30 11:37:36 CEST 2004

On Thu, 29 Apr 2004, Jason Parcon wrote:

> To whom it may concern:

>  Is there a function that we can use to easily obtain the rank of a
> matrix in R?

Yes.  See ?qr.  Note that the `rank' is not really well-defined for a 
numerical matrix due to imprecise representation, and it may well be 
better to look at the SVD (?svd) and consider the sizes of the singular 

> PLEASE do read the posting guide! http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html

PLEASE do!  In particular, use a sensible subject line.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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