[R] evil attributes
Therneau, Terry M., Ph.D.
therne@u @end|ng |rom m@yo@edu
Sat Apr 10 16:12:10 CEST 2021
I wrote: "I confess to being puzzled WHY the R core has decided on this definition..."
After just a little more thought let me answer my own question.
a. The as.vector() function is designed to strip off everything extraneous and leave just
the core. (I have a mental image of Jack Webb saying "Just the facts ma'am"). I myself
use it freqently in the test suite for survival, in cases where I'm checking the corrent
numeric result and don't care about any attached names.
b. is.vector(x) essentially answers the question "does x look like a result of as.vector?"
Nevertheless I understand Roger's confusion.
Terry M Therneau, PhD
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
therneau using mayo.edu
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