[R] good source for explaining input and output parameters of R functions
andy_liaw at merck.com
Thu Apr 17 04:00:38 CEST 2003
I forgot to mention this: It may be unsafe to use undocumented
part of returned value. One possible reason that some parts
are not documented is that they are subject to change without
notice, and not considered part of the API.
> From: Liaw, Andy [mailto:andy_liaw at merck.com]
> It's almost entirely up to the author of the function how
> much (or little)
> to document in the help page. Packages on CRAN go through
> some checks, one
> of which is that all parameters of functions are documented
> in the help
> page. However, the return value is another matter. It's
> supposed to be
> documented in the "Value" section of the help page, but some
> people don't
> bother documenting everything being returned, sometimes
> because some of them
> weren't meant to be used by user directly.
> When all else fails, read the R code itself.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Yan Yu [mailto:yanyu at cs.ucla.edu]
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 7:39 PM
> > To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> > Subject: [R] good source for explaining input and output
> > parameters of R
> > functions
> > Hello,
> > thank you all for answering my previous Qs.. I have a new Q:
> > I am wondering is there good source for explaning input
> and output
> > parameters of R function?
> > In that aspect, I found the help documents in R is not that
> > helpful:)
> > I am struggling with trying to understand what some of the
> > returned value
> > means..
> > for example, for surf.ls() function, the help in R only describes 3
> > fields(the wierd thing is that those explained 3 fields are
> > identical to
> > the input) of returned value, and leave a bunch of
> > others(e.g., like "f"
> > and "wz"which looks pretty interesting, but i had no clue
> > what they are
> > about..) unexplained.
> > Is there any good source if I want to understand the input
> > and output of ,
> > or how to use a particular R function?
> > Many thanks,
> > yan
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