Re: [Rd] A possible improvement to apropos

From: Kurt Hornik <Kurt.Hornik_at_wu-wien.ac.at>
Date: Fri 15 Dec 2006 - 17:08:09 GMT

>>>>> Robert Gentleman writes:

> I would vastly prefer apropos to be case insensitive by default. The
> point of it is to find things similar to a string, not the same as, and
> given that capitalization in R is somewhat erratic (due to many authors,
> and some of those changing their minds over the years), I find the
> current apropos of little use.

> I would also, personally prefer some sort of approximate matching since
> there are different ways to spell some words, and some folks abbreviate
> parts of words.

The same design has been employed by help.search for a long time, for exactly the same reasons (albeit with slightly different agrep defaults).

-k



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