[R] integer overflow error problem

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Mar 31 09:12:00 CEST 2003

>>>>> "Robin" == Robin Hankin <r.hankin at auckland.ac.nz>
>>>>>     on Mon, 31 Mar 2003 16:00:23 +1200 writes:

    Robin> Hi List Try the following simple set of functions
    Robin> (R-1.6.1):

    Robin>  square <- function(x){x*x} cube <- function(x)
    Robin> {x*x*x} f1 <- function(x){square(x)*(x+1)} f2 <-
    Robin> function(x){square(x)+cube(x)} error <-
    Robin> function(x){f1(x)-f2(x)}

    Robin> [see how f1() and f2() are algebraically identical].
    Robin> Then:

    R> error(cube(20))
    Robin> [1] 0

    Robin> no problem.  Then:

    R> error(cube(1:20))
    Robin>  [1] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
    Robin> NA Warning message: NAs produced by integer overflow
    Robin> in: x * x * x

    Robin> See how error() fails for the vector but not for the
    Robin> single number argument.  Is R being reasonable here?

yes,  `as always' :-)

The clue is:  20 is not integer, but 20:20 or as.integer(20) is


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