Re: [Rd] bug in fix & edit (PR#7642)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 08 Feb 2005 - 02:33:59 EST

What exactly is supposed to be the bug here? Despite the requests in the posting guide and FAQ, there is nothing to reproduce here, and

> xx <- data.frame(a="a", b=I("b"))
> sapply(xx, is.character)

     a b
FALSE TRUE
> fix(xx) # do nothing
> sapply(xx, is.character)

     a b
FALSE TRUE shows that your claim is false, at least in current R 2.0.1 (and you have failed to give your or your system details as requested -- do see the function bug.report).

My guess is that you do not have character columns protected by I(), and if so you should expect them to be coerced to factors quite arbitrarily. That is what I() is for ....

On Thu, 3 Feb 2005 roberts@berkeley.edu wrote:

> The edit command (and the fix command, which calls edit), when used on
> data frames, cause a character variable to become a factor variable.
> Here is an example:
>
>>> is.factor(work$notes)
>> [1] FALSE
>>> is.character(work$notes)
>> [1] TRUE
>>> fix(work)
>>> is.character(work$notes)
>> [1] FALSE
>>> is.factor(work$notes)
>> [1] TRUE
>
> in this example, no editing was done -- the data frame work was not
> changed by the user.

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