(fwd) Re: [R] the underscore ("_") in variable name
dmurdoch at pair.com
Tue Oct 3 14:31:32 CEST 2000
On Tue, 03 Oct 2000 10:55:28 +0000, Alberto Murta <amurta at ipimar.pt>
> And objectively, it's a fact that "<-"
>makes the code easier to read than "_".
I don't follow this argument. Underscore isn't used anywhere else in
the language, so when you see one, you know it's an assignment. On
the other hand, both "<" and "-" have multiple other uses. This leads
to lots of possibilities for confusion:
x < -5
x <- 5
are easily confused, whereas
x < -5
x _ 5
(Of course, I actually prefer the Pascalian :=, but I realize that
puts me in a double minority :-).
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