[R] Why can't R understand if(num!=NA)?

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Sat May 4 07:58:37 CEST 2013

On May 3, 2013, at 21:36 , David Winsemius wrote:

> On May 3, 2013, at 10:46 AM, peter dalgaard wrote:
>> Because comparison with an unknown value yields an unknown result. 
> Anything else would violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics. We cannot have comparisons reducing entropy, now can we? Uncertainty cannot run uphill.

Now what does this say about SAS, where the missing value is smaller than all regular numbers? I.e.,

  iteen = (age < 20);

turns people of unknown age into instant teenagers.

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