Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk
16 Nov 1998 14:26:38 +0100

Going over my old notes, I realised that hist() has changed since the
earlier versions of R, in that the intervals are now
left-open,right-closed rather than the opposite. This is a change in
the direction of S-plus compatibility, but I wonder how sensible it
really is.

The main problem is with ages, where you'd naturally take age 17 as
representing something between 17 and 18, but:

> brk<-c(15,16,17,18)
> print(hist(17,breaks=brk,plot=F))
[1] 15 16 17 18

[1] 0 1 0

[1] 0 1 0

[1] 15.5 16.5 17.5

so a 17-yo gets put in the 16-17 bracket..

The workaround is to add a small number to the data or subtract it
from the breakpoints, but I still wonder whether the behaviour
shouldn't be changed (generally, or with an option). R's hist() has a
couple of improvements over Splus already, particularly a different
default in the case of non-equidistant breaks.

[hist() returning an invisible result even with plot=F is also a bug,
but that's more easily fixed]

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