[Rd] quantile() names
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Wed Dec 16 23:48:19 CET 2020
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> and now we read more replies on this topic without anyone looking at
> the pure R source code which is pretty simple and easy.
> Instead, people do experiments and take time to muse about their findings..
> Honestly, I'm disappointed: I've always thought that if you
> *write* on R-devel, you should be able to figure out a few
> things yourself before that..
That's a bit unfair.
Some of us have written packages, containing functions for computing
> 1) provide an optional argument 'digits = 7'
> back compatible w/ default getOption("digits")
I'm not sure I've got this right.
Are you suggesting that by default, names should have 7 digits?
> so I'm guessing it may make more people unhappy than other
> people happy if we change this now, after close to 23 years .. ??
I would probably be in the less enthusiastic group.
I take the view that quantile naming is mainly a convenience, for
And on that basis, I would say the current behaviour is about right.
Anyone looking for high precision, should probably compute their own
Also, expanding on an earlier point.
The value was 975.025, so a label of "97.5%" could still cause problems.
Increasing the precision doesn't necessarily fix this sort of problem.
But rather, increases the complexity of the output, beyond what
"97.5%" of users would ever want...
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