[R] why sd() can be applied to character vector?
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Oct 27 12:28:45 CEST 2012
On 27/10/2012 10:16, Jinsong Zhao wrote:
> 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
Well, it is there:
x: a numeric vector or an R object which is coercible to one by
> as.vector(x, 'numeric')
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And it is different from mean() because that is generic and allows many
other forms of input, whereas for sd() one knows what to coerce to.
> > x <- as.character(1:10)
> > sd(x)
>  3.02765
> > mean(x)
>  NA
> Warning message:
> In mean.default(x) : argument is not numeric or logical: returning NA
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