[R] Logical operator in R

Rick Bilonick rab45 at pitt.edu
Fri Jan 22 16:54:14 CET 2016

On 01/22/2016 10:46 AM, li li wrote:
> Hi all,
>    I encountered the following strange phenomenon.
> For some reason, the obs_p[1] and res1$st_p[89] have
> the same value but when I run "==", it returns FALSE.
> Can anyone help give some explanation on this?
>    Thanks very much!
>      Hanna
>> obs_p[1]
> [1] 0.002201438
>> res1$st_p[89]
> [1] 0.002201438
>> res1$st_p[89]==obs_p[1]
> [1] FALSE
>> res1$st_p[89]<obs_p[1]
> [1] FALSE
>> res1$st_p[89]>obs_p[1]
> [1] TRUE
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I believe the decimal representation is only approximate. The real 
internal values in binary are different. If you want to have comparisons 
like this result in being considered equal, I think there is a way to 
use a fuzzy comparison but I don't remember the details.


Richard A. Bilonick, PhD
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Dept. of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health
Dept. of Orthodontics, School of Dental Medicine
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