[Rd] Typo(s) in proc.time.Rd and comment about ?proc.time (PR#8092)

dhinds@sonic.net dhinds at sonic.net
Wed Aug 24 20:08:46 CEST 2005

ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Aug 2005 Weigand.Stephen at mayo.edu wrote:

> > I just downloaded the file
> >
> > ftp://ftp.stat.math.ethz.ch/Software/R/R-devel.tar.gz
> >
> > and within proc.time.Rd, the second paragraph of the \value
> > section contains a typo:

> I believe your understanding of the English language is different from the 
> author here, who is English.  (You on the other hand seem to think there 
> is no need to give your country in your address when writing an addess in 
> Denmark.)  The preferred language for R documentation is English (and not 
> American).

> > The resolution of the times will be system-specific; it is common for
> > them to be recorded to of the order of 1/100 second, and elapsed [...]
> >                     ^^^^^
> >
> > I'd say replacing "to of" with just "of" would grammatically
> > fix the sentence.

> I'd say it was correct and your correction is incorrect.  In English we 
> say `recorded to 1/100th of a second', not `recorded 1/100th second'.

The correction was incorrect, but so was the original.  I've never
heard the expression "of the order of"; common usage (in English or
American, as far as I know) is "on the order of".  Your "recorded to
1/100th of a second" is also ok.

> > Second, the \note{} section for Unix-like machines reads:
> >
> > It is possible to compile \R without support for \code{proc.time},
> > when the function will throw an error.
> >
> > I believe this is ungrammatical and suggest replacing
> > "when the function will throw an error" with "in which
> > case the function will throw an error".

> Again, the statement given is the intended meaning.

I think more clear might be, "it is possible to compile R without
support for proc.time, when the function *would* throw an error".

-- Dave

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