[R] How to detect if a vector is FP constant?
Joshua Wiley
jwiley.psych at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 02:40:38 CET 2010
On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM, Hadley Wickham <hadley at rice.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> What's the equivalent to length(unique(x)) == 1 if want to ignore
> small floating point differences? Should I look at diff(range(x)) or
I think this does what you want (borrowing from all.equal.numeric):
all(abs((x - mean(x))) < .Machine$double.eps^0.5)
with a vector of length 1 million, it took .076 seconds on a fairly old system.
Josh
> sd(x) or something else? What cut off should I use?
>
> If it helps to be explicit, I'm interested in detecting when a vector
> is constant for the purpose of visual display. In other words, if I
> rescale x to [0, 1] do I have enough precision to get at least 100
> unique values.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Hadley
>
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