[R-pkg-devel] Change in normal random numbers between R 3.5.3 and R 3.6.0
Ulrike Grömping
groemp|ng @end|ng |rom beuth-hoch@chu|e@de
Fri May 10 06:39:39 CEST 2019
Mark,
I used
if (getRversion()>="3.6.0") RNGkind(sample.kind="Rounding")
And that works. Actually, using rnorm afterwards also yields the same random numbers.
My question arose from the fact that I confused myself about the noLD output I was supposed to reproduce. Therefore, my problem should be entirely explained by Duncan Murdoch's initial explanation: the sample() change does not only lead to different results in discrete sampling but also to different results from random number calls for other functions (like rnorm).
Best, Ulrike
Am 10.05.2019 um 04:58 schrieb R. Mark Sharp:
> I was dealing with a similar issue but in the context of getting the same unit test code to work on multiple versions of R in a Travis-CI build. It seems RNGkind(sample.kind="Rounding”) does not work prior to version 3.6 so I resorted to using version dependent construction of the argument list to set.seed() in do.call().
>
> I better solution will be greatly appreciated.
>
> #' Work around for unit tests using sample()
> #'
> #' @param seed argument to \code{set.seed}
> set_seed <- function(seed = 1) {
> version <- as.integer(R.Version()$major) + (as.numeric(R.Version()$minor) / 10.0)
> if (version >= 3.6) {
> args <- list(seed, sample.kind = "Rounding")
> } else {
> args <- list(seed)
> }
> suppressWarnings(do.call(set.seed, args))
> }
>
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>> On May 9, 2019, at 12:45 PM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> On 09/05/2019 12:43 p.m., Ulrike Grömping wrote:
>>> Hmmmh, but does that also apply if the sample.kind has been set to the
>>> old version? I.e., would
>>> if (getRversion()>="3.6.0") RNGkind(sample.kind="Rounding")
>>> val <- 10
>>> set.seed(val)
>>> discard <- sample(1000, 100)
>>> rnorm(36)
>>> produce the same normal random numbers in 3.5.3 and 3.6.0? I would have
>>> expected it to, but it seems to produce the same normal random numbers
>>> as R version 3.6.0 in the previous version of the test code without the
>>> RNGkind call.
>> I'm not seeing that, but I'm not using the exact versions you tested. If I run your code in "R version 3.5.2 (2018-12-20)" and "R Under development (unstable) (2019-05-02 r76454)" I get this output from both:
>>
>>> if (getRversion()>="3.6.0") RNGkind(sample.kind="Rounding")
>>> val <- 10
>>> set.seed(val)
>>> discard <- sample(1000, 100)
>>> rnorm(36)
>> [1] -0.4006375 -0.3345566 1.3679540 2.1377671 0.5058193 0.7863424 -0.9022119 0.5328970 -0.6458943 0.2909875 -1.2375945
>> [12] -0.4561763 -0.8303227 0.3401156 1.0663764 1.2161258 0.7356907 -0.4812086 0.5627448 -1.2463197 0.3809222 -1.4304273
>> [23] -1.0484455 -0.2185036 -1.4899362 1.1727063 -1.4798270 -0.4303878 -1.0516386 1.5225863 0.5928281 -0.2226615 0.7128943
>> [34] 0.7166008 0.4402419 0.1588306
>>
>> Okay, I just installed 3.6.0, and I get the same values there. I don't see a Mac binary for 3.5.3, so I can't test that one.
>>
>> Duncan Murdoch
>>
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