[R] why sd() can be applied to character vector?

Jinsong Zhao jszhao at yeah.net
Sat Oct 27 11:16:09 CEST 2012

Hi there,

In the following example, sd() can be applied to a character vector. 
However, mean() can not be run in a similar way. Why?

I have read sd() man page, however, I don't find information about that 

 > x <- as.character(1:10)
 > sd(x)
[1] 3.02765
 > mean(x)
[1] NA
Warning message:
In mean.default(x) : argument is not numeric or logical: returning NA


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