[R] Make a box-whiskers plot in R with 5 variables, color coded.

Michael Dewey lists at dewey.myzen.co.uk
Wed Dec 16 17:03:13 CET 2015

As a speaker of the dialect of British English current in southern 
England I think:

1 - the generic term for all three is brackets. As a child I was taught 
the precedence rules for arithmetic operators by the mnemonic BODMAS 
(the O stands for 'of')
2 - careful speakers of the dialect who know all three use exactly the 
terms used in the canton of Zuerich by Martin as he uses them
3 - I would use square brackets and curly brackets to a non-technical 
audience but I could not bring myself to say round brackets

On 16/12/2015 15:34, Hadley Wickham wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 9:55 AM, Martin Maechler
> <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch> wrote:
>>     [............]
>>      > You are missing the closing bracket on the boxplot()
>>      > command.  Just finish with a ')'
>> Hmm... I once learned
>>   '()' =: parenthesis/es
>>   '[]' =: bracket(s)
>>   '{}' =: brace(s)
>> Of course, I'm not a native English speaker, and my teacher(s) /
>> teaching material may have been biased ... but, as all three
>> symbol pairs play an important role in R, I think it would be
>> really really helpful,  if we could agree on using the same
>> precise English here.
>> I'm happy to re-learn, but I'd really like to end up with three
>> different simple English words, if possible.
>> (Yes, I know and have seen/heard "curly braces", "round
>>   parentheses", ... but I'd hope we can do without the extra adjective.)
> I think this is what Americans are taught, but I can never remember
> which is which. I use round brackets, square brackets, and squiggly
> brackets, which are memorable, and even if you're not familiar with
> the terms you can easily understand what I mean.
> Hadley


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