[R] difference between assignment syntax <- vs =

Wacek Kusnierczyk Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk at idi.ntnu.no
Mon Feb 23 11:58:19 CET 2009

Thomas Lumley wrote:
> Although it's probably true that most long-time R users use <-, this
> is at least in part because a long-time R user would initially have
> had to use <-, since = wasn't available in the distant past.
> I would say that it's entirely a matter of taste -- the things that
> otherwise could have been traps are mostly syntax errors.  The only
> proviso is that if you post code using = it is (even more) important
> to leave spaces around the = than it would be for <-.

the reason being ...?


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