[R] the underscore ("_") in variable name

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Mon Oct 2 10:31:46 CEST 2000

Bill Venables <Bill.Venables at cmis.csiro.au> writes:

> If we follow your suggestion and give prominence to the fact that "_" is a
> synonym for "<-" then as sure as eggs some people will actually USE it!
> This is, in the opinion of many of us at least, a very BAD thing as it
> makes code just about unreadible.  On the other hand if we don't give
> prominence to the fact but just hide it in an obscure footnote, then many
> people will get bitten first time (but only then) and come complaining to
> R-help and I will write more tetchy little notes like this one...

Of course, there's also the option of letting the parser say "obsolete
use of underscore as assignment operator" every time it is used. 

This just might annoy people enough to persuade them to stop using it...

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