[R] Probably off topic but I hope amusing

Avi Gross @v|gro@@ @end|ng |rom ver|zon@net
Fri Oct 29 19:55:52 CEST 2021


R is used all over the place, sometimes not visibly.

A search shows the NY times using it in 2011, 2009, ...:



There also seem to be several packages for interfacing with the NY Times,
albeit that does not mean much about their usage.

However, the error message using the phrase "NaN" is not a guarantee as
there are other languages that use the concept, albeit may not capitalize it
the same way. But in an error message, any programmer can be setting up the
text. According to this reference, Rust and ECMAScript also call it a NaN:


I am a tad confused it lists a form of "NaN%" without specifying if any
language specifically uses it and your example ended with a percent sign.

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From: R-help <r-help-bounces using r-project.org> On Behalf Of Bert Gunter
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Subject: [R] Probably off topic but I hope amusing

There was a little discussion today (yet again) about floating point
arithmetic. Perhaps related to this, I subscribe to the online NYTimes,
which flashes U.S. stock index prices at the top of its home page. Today,
instead of the Nasdaq price being flashed, there was this:


I wonder if this means that R is being used as a backend for this or whether
this way of displaying what I think is 0/0 in FP is common.

Anyway, what do you think most readers reaction to this was?!

Best to all,

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