[Rd] Wish list

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jan 19 19:13:42 MET 2004

On Mon, 19 Jan 2004, Frank E Harrell Jr wrote:

> On Mon, 19 Jan 2004 17:17:39 +0000 (GMT)
> Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> > Are you sure there is a measurable difference in calling methods
> > directly? The dispatch overhead on formula (one of your uses) appears to
> > be about 10 microseconds.  (Note, negligible even for 10,000
> > bootstraps.)
> > 
> > I believe we took the real performance penalties into account (and 
> > namespaces had performance pluses as well as minuses).
> Brian,
> I don't worry about dispatch overhead.  I do worry about overhead of
> assembling model matrices, removing rows with NAs, etc.  -Frank

Here is what you said:

> The point of calling methods directly is efficiency, otherwise I would not
> use this dirty practice.  When bootstrapping or otherwise calling methods

and your code is failing in R-devel because you are calling
formula.default. So, *why* are you calling formula.default?

Calling e.g. glm.fit not glm is not to do with methods, and apparently
survfit.km is not a method.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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