Re: [Rd] sum and partial argument name matching

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Sun 21 Nov 2004 - 08:27:34 EST

On Sat, 20 Nov 2004, Patrick Burns wrote:

> "sum" (and perhaps other functions?) allows partial argument
> name matching after its three-dots argument:
>
>> sum(1:4, NA, n=78, na.rm=FALSE)
> [1] 10
>> sum(1:4, NA, n=78, na.rm=TRUE)
> [1] 11

That's not `partial argument name matching', for the exact match should always win. do_summary contains

     ans = matchArg(R_NaRmSymbol, &args);

and that is defined as

/* Destructively Extract A Named List Element. */
/* Returns the first partially matching tag found. */
/* Pattern is a symbol. */

The rest of the summary set (mean, min, max, prod) and also do_logic3 (all, any) call matchArg and so have the same problem.

> I can see there could be a discussion about whether or not this is
> a bug, but I think all will agree that it's a might peculiar.

I don't see how there can be discussion: it breaks the stated rules for argument matching.

> This is done in 2.0.1 but the same behavior is in 1.8.1.
>
>> version
> _ platform i386-pc-mingw32
> arch i386 os mingw32 system i386, mingw32 status
> major 2 minor 0.1 year 2004 month
> 11 day 15 language R
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