[R-SIG-Mac] ?if

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Sun Feb 13 23:07:40 CET 2005

On Sat, 12 Feb 2005, Dr. John R. Vokey wrote:

> I am trying to introduce a class of senior undergraduates to the values and 
> advantages of R for their statistical needs.  Unfortunately, little (and 
> inconsequential) inconsistencies such as these do little to improve their 
> confidence in the application.

You could tell them that the argument to ? (and to apropos) should 
*always* be quoted, which is internally consistent and is consistent with 
other functions, where strings do have to be quoted.  Unfortunately the 
documentation has examples with bare names, but most people don't read the 

The fact that help() accepts bare names is a bit of a wart -- for example,
which is annoying when programming.


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