[R] R annoyances

Vadim Ogranovich vograno at evafunds.com
Thu May 19 19:40:26 CEST 2005

I think the flaw in this reasoning is that programmers are not
considered users. IMO, making a better language is beneficial for users.

I am now watching how a new colleague of mine, a very good C++
programmer turning into a data miner, is struggling w/ many
"irregularities" of R.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Thomas Lumley
> Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 9:39 AM
> To: Rod Montgomery
> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [R] R annoyances
> On Thu, 19 May 2005, Rod Montgomery wrote:
> > Thomas Lumley wrote:
> >> This one is actually a FAQ,
> >>         mtx[,1,drop=FALSE]
> >> 
> >>     -thomas
> >> 
> > I wonder whether there is, or should be, a way to set FALSE 
> as the default?
> >
> There shouldn't be (apart from editing the code), because you 
> really don't want something this basic to be unpredictable.
> There have been discussions at several times about whether 
> drop=FALSE or drop=TRUE should be the default. The decision 
> has always been that programmers can cope either way, but 
> that users probably don't expect mtx[,1] to be a vector, and 
> that they definitely don't expect mtx[1,1] to be a matrix.
>  	-thomas
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