From: Peter Dalgaard BSA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 04 Jun 2003 - 23:49:48 EST
Philipp Pagel <email@example.com> writes:
> But I just can't believe there is no R function to do this in a more
> readable way. Actually, the behaviour of as.numeric() doesn't strike me
> as very intuitive. I'm sure it has been implemented that way for a
> reason - but what is it?
One reason is S compatibility, as Brian pointed out. But there is also
the point that you can *always* convert a factor to its underlying
integer values, but only *sometimes* convert the level names. Generally
we prefer code that fails more rarely...
as.numeric(as.character(f)) works too, although not quite as
efficiently as as.numeric(levels(f))[f].
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