R-beta: S Compatibility (again)

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Apr 14 09:35:49 CEST 1998

Excellent job, Peter!
	(showing how functions are constructed out of expressions).

[I came too late,  Easter Monday is a holiday, here...]

Just a short addition:

approxfun(.) and splinefun(.) 
	and stepfun(.) or  ecdf(.)  [after  "library(stepfun)"]
 {{See ?approxfun, etc. for examples}}
are very nice examples in standard  R
how a function can be returned from another function.

Actually they show the superiority of R scoping rules which allow an
environment (of objects, e.g., numeric variables) for a user created

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