[R] Question about quantile.default

Lo, Ken ken.lo at roche.com
Fri Oct 3 21:35:18 CEST 2008

Hi all,

I am running into a snag using quantile function in stats.  Basically, I
don't understand why the loop below throws the error that it does.

test.data <- rnorm(1000, 0, 1)

for (i in seq(0.00001, 0.001, 0.00001)){
	test <- quantile(test.data, probs=seq(0,1,i));

It runs fine from 1e-05 to 0.00024, but then throws the error

Error in quantile.default(test.data, probs=seq(0,1,i)):
'probs' outside [0,1]

I tested it some more by using

test <- quantile(test.data, probs=seq(0,1,0.00024));
test <- quantile(test.data, probs=seq(0,1,0.00025));

both ran fine.  So, I'm baffled as to what the error actually is.

My sessionInfo() is:

R version 2.7.1 (2008-06-23)

LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252.......

Attached base packages:
[1] stats graphics grDevice utils datasets methods base

Any assistance would be much appreciated.


Ken Lo

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