[Rd] printing of complex numbers in R-alpha

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Thu Sep 21 14:50:15 CEST 2006

>>>>> "Robin" == Robin Hankin <r.hankin at noc.soton.ac.uk>
>>>>>     on Thu, 21 Sep 2006 08:05:24 +0100 writes:

    Robin> Hello everyone
    Robin> I am finding complex numbers to be printed oddly in R-alpha.

    >> 1e100+1e100i
    Robin> [1] 1e+100+1e+100i
    >> 1e100 + 1e44i
    Robin> [1] 1e+100+100000000000000008821361405306422640701865984i
    >> dput(1e100+1e44i)
    Robin> 1e+100+100000000000000008821361405306422640701865984i

ouch, ouch!

    Robin> [same thing at home on a linux box]

    Robin> The first line is what I would expect, the second and third lines  
    Robin> aren't:
    Robin> I would prefer "1e100+1e44i".  Is this possible for  R-2.4.0?

It should.
It's clearly a bug --- the good news being that it's not a new
one: it already happens in 2.2.1 (e.g.)
Hence, no reason *not* to use R-beta!


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