Re: [Rd] n=1 default for random number generators

From: William Dunlap <wdunlap_at_tibco.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 08:41:46 -0800

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> [mailto:r-devel-bounces_at_r-project.org] On Behalf Of Duncan Murdoch
> Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 8:28 AM
> To: Richard Cotton
> Cc: r-devel_at_r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [Rd] n=1 default for random number generators
>
> On 11/16/2009 11:00 AM, Richard Cotton wrote:
> > One tiny thing that would be very nice to have is a default
> value of n=1 in
> > the random number generator functions, enabling, e.g.,
> runif() instead of
> > runif(1). This won't break anyone's existing code and ought to be
> > relatively straightforward to do.
> >
> > Is there anyone in the core team who would be willing to
> include this
> > change?
>
> I doubt it. Even if you put together the patch (and I didn't see an
> offer to do so), merging it into the trunk code would take more work
> than you'd save in several years of typing the "1".

Also, you would probably hear complaints that n=1 is not a common value for the argument in 'well-written' (really, vectorized cpu-efficient) R code.

Bill Dunlap
Spotfire, TIBCO Software
wdunlap tibco.com  

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