[R] is.integer() function
Duncan Murdoch
murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Wed Jan 25 18:36:11 CET 2006
On 1/25/2006 10:57 AM, Barry Rowlingson wrote:
> Gabor Csardi wrote:
>> Becaues is.integer shows the internal representation, which is not an
>> integer but a double (real number). Some functions create integer vectors,
>
> Some functions that you might think create integer vectors and even
> seem to say they create integer vectors dont create integer vectors:
>
> 'ceiling' takes a single numeric argument 'x' and returns a
> numeric vector containing the smallest integers not less than the
> corresponding elements of 'x'.
>
> > ceiling(0.5)
> [1] 1
>
> > is.integer(ceiling(0.5))
> [1] FALSE
>
> > is.integer(1:3)
> [1] TRUE
> > is.integer(ceiling(1:3))
> [1] FALSE
>
>
> This could possibly be a documentation problem, since ?ceiling is
> using 'integer' in the sense of 'whole number', whereas ?is.integer is
> concerned with internal representation (aka 'storage mode')....
Here "numeric vector" is being used in the R-specific technical sense as
a vector of double precision values, so the documentor was trying hard
to be precise. The problem is that English also admits the
interpretation in a non-technical sense as a vector of numbers. I
believe your country is to blame for the language. :-)
Duncan Murdoch
>
> This seems to be an endless source of confusion to anyone who didn't
> start their programming days in Fortran, C, or assembly language (or
> other strongly-typed language, I guess).
>
> Barry
>
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