[R] Adding labels to variables
jfox at mcmaster.ca
Thu Aug 26 05:28:22 CEST 2004
Dear Spencer et al.,
I agree with Spencer's point: It's one thing to introduce usePackage() and
encourage its use, another to remove library().
> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Spencer Graves
> Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 9:03 PM
> To: Peter Dalgaard
> Cc: Mike Prager; R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [R] Adding labels to variables
> Mon Dieu!
> I realize that I'm not part of r-devel, but for what
> it's worth, I vastly prefer commands and programming styles
> that produce code that can run without change in both S-Plus
> and R. Any move to obsolete in R a command commonly used in
> S-Plus would just make life more difficult for those of us
> who have to live in both the S-Plus and R worlds. In my
> judgment, where S-Plus and R currently differ, there usually
> seems to be a good reason, and R is usually superior. One
> example is the "log"
> options in the probability functions.
> The suggestion to introduce "usePackage" and obsolete "library"
> reminds me of a 6 week delay in the introduction in France of
> a US automobile, because the French Royal Academy failed to
> produce without a substantial delay an official French word
> for a new technical term. The automobile could not be sold
> without the User's Manual in French, and it could not be
> printed without the approval of the French Royal Academy for
> new words.
> just my 2e-12 cents. spencer graves
> Peter Dalgaard wrote:
> >"Mike Prager" <Mike.Prager at noaa.gov> writes:
> >>At 01:01 PM 08/25/2004, Raubertas, Richard wrote:
> >>>As long as the function to load a package is called *library*, I
> >>>think your campaign to change common usage is doomed to failure.
> >Who says it's common usage? It is of course a common fallacy
> to think
> >that everyone else makes the same mistakes as you do...
> >>Yes, and it's also annoyingly hard to remember -- at least
> for those
> >>of us who don't eat, sleep, and breathe R.
> >There's a good chance that R-2.x will introduce usePackage() and
> >eventually remove library() as a tool for loading packages.
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