[R] A behaviour pattern that I find mysterious.
r@turner @end|ng |rom @uck|@nd@@c@nz
Thu Feb 27 02:09:08 CET 2020
Consider the following:
x <- letters[1:5]
x < 0
>  FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE FALSE
which kind of makes sense, I guess, though I would a priori have
expected all NAs.
But then do:
x <- "*"
x < 0
>  FALSE FALSE TRUE FALSE FALSE
which puzzles me. Why is "*" considered to be less than 0?
At one point I made the conjecture that it had something to do with the
ordering of ASCII characters, but it does not seem to. A little more
investigation led me to conjecture that all ASCII characters except
real-live letters and numerals come out as being less than 0.
Can anyone explain the rationale to me? Not that it matters a damn.
Just idle curiosity.
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