# Re: [R] R: ts - objects (PR#228)

Subject: Re: [R] R: ts - objects (PR#228)
From: Martyn Plummer (plummer@iarc.fr)
Date: Thu 15 Jul 1999 - 23:03:56 EST

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> Marcus Eger <marcus.eger@physik.uni-marburg.de> writes:
>>
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> 3. Another problem had to do with the value of delta and/or start:
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> > time(ts(c(1,2,3,4),start=3,delta=1.5))
>> Error: invalid start
>
> or just:
>
>> ts(c(1,2,3,4),start=3,delta=1.5)
> Time Series:
> Start = c(3, 1)
> End = c(7, 1)
> Frequency = 0.666666666666667
> Error: invalid start
>
> ..which is pretty darn weird! CC'ed to R-bugs.

That's just the print method for ts objects calling
time().

The underlying problem is in start().
> start(x)
[1] 3 1

I think the 2-vector form of start and end only makes sense when the
frequency is an integer. If I am right then the following versions of
start.ts and end.ts (which check that tsp[3] is an integer) should solve
the problem.

M.

"start.ts" <- function (x)
{
ts.eps <- .Options\$ts.eps
##if(is.null(ts.eps)) ts.eps <- 1.e-5
tsp <- attr(as.ts(x), "tsp")
is <- tsp[1] * tsp[3]
if (abs(tsp[3] - round(tsp[3])) < ts.eps && abs(is - round(is)) <
ts.eps) {
is <- floor(tsp[1])
fs <- floor(tsp[3] * (tsp[1] - is) + 0.001)
c(is, fs + 1)
}
else tsp[1]
}

"end.ts" <- function(x)
{
ts.eps <- .Options\$ts.eps
## if(is.null(ts.eps)) ts.eps <- 1.e-5
tsp <- attr(as.ts(x), "tsp")
is <- tsp[2] * tsp[3]
if (abs(tsp[3] - round(tsp[3])) < ts.eps && abs(is - round(is)) <
ts.eps) {
is <- floor(tsp[2])
fs <- floor(tsp[3] * (tsp[2] - is) + 0.001)
c(is, fs + 1)
}
else tsp[2]
}

M.
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