# [R] seq() in 0.62.4 and 0.63

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Sat Nov 14 11:38:15 CET 1998

```Prof Brian D Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> Solaris 2.6, R Version 0.63.0  (November 14, 1998)
>                Version 0.62.4  (October 24, 1998)
>
> > seq(0.15, 0.70, 0.05)
>  [1] 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.30 0.35 0.40 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60 0.65
>
> The much reviled (on r-help) 0.62.3 got such simple cases right (even if
> 0.62.1 did not).

Argh!!!! We've been discussing alternative ways of getting seq right,
but didn't get around to follow it through.

> although I suspect eps is actually rather too small for safety (I would
> suggest 10 x machine precision to allow for a number of lfoating point
> operations).

The : operator already uses 1e-7... (just like S does)

> However, I think there is a much simpler approach:
>
> 	    n <- as.integer(n + 0.1) # make sure n is not too small
>             tol <- abs(to - from) * 10 * .Machine\$double.eps
> 	    if(by > 0)	while(from + n*by > to + tol) n <- n - 1
> 	    else	while(from + n*by < to - tol) n <- n - 1

I've been advocating by*(from/by):(to/by), so as to have the fuzz-fix
in one place, and:

> .05*(.15/.05):(.70/.05)
[1] 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.30 0.35 0.40 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60 0.65 0.70

Of course one needs to get the sign things right as well...

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