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

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Mon Oct 2 22:44:00 CEST 2000

Murray Jorgensen <maj at waikato.ac.nz> writes:

> This seems as good a place as any to gripe about the R/S assignment symbol
> "<-" !  What absolute fiend said: "now let's see, this is the symbol that
> will be most used in this language, so let's represent it by a
> two-character string, and further, let's have the two characters in
> different cases so that it will require a change of case mid-stream!".

Nicklaus Wirth? (Pascal has ":=")

Actually, on a Danish keyboard "<-" is two unshifted symbols whereas
the underscore is a shifted dash, so it is pretty much a toss-up for
me. You don't want to know where they put the rest of the special
symbols, though... 

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