[Rd] matrixStats: Extend to arrays too (Was: Re: Suggestion: Adding quick rowMin and rowMax functions to base package)

Hadley Wickham hadley at rice.edu
Wed Feb 16 18:21:18 CET 2011

>> You mean rowMaxes, right?  Or is the rule to add an s, not to
>> pluralise?
> In S+ we chose to just append the 's' instead of making
> everyone worry about the vagarities of English spelling
> and pluralization rules.  We also have 'groupAnys' and
> 'igroupAnys' (and should have {row,col}Anys, but we don't).

I think that's the strongest argument for sticking with singular nouns
for function names - English pluralisations are complex and arbitrary,
but just adding an s is going to look horrible for any native speaker.


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Department of Statistics / Rice University

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