[R] difference between assignment syntax <- vs =

Patrick Burns pburns at pburns.seanet.com
Sat Feb 21 17:02:26 CET 2009

'The R Inferno' page 78 is one source you can
look at.

Patrick Burns
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Thomas Mang wrote:
> Hi,
> Both operators <- and = can be used to make an assignment. My question 
> is: Is there a semantic difference between these two? Some time ago, I 
> remember I have read that because of some reason, one should be given 
> preference over the other - but I cannot remember the source, nor the 
> argument, nor which operator the preferred was.
> What is the present state ?
> Is still one version better than the other, or is it only a matter of 
> taste what to use ?
> thanks
> Thomas
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