Re: data.frame, cbind is inconsistent with S on logicals (PR#316)

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Subject: Re: data.frame, cbind is inconsistent with S on logicals (PR#316)
From: Peter Dalgaard BSA (p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk)
Date: Wed 10 Nov 1999 - 21:14:33 EST


Message-ID: <x2n1sm61k6.fsf@blueberry.kubism.ku.dk>

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk writes:

> R 0.65.1 (and R-devel 09/11/99)
>
> > z <- data.frame(a=1:3)
> > b <- rep(NA, 3)
> > mode(b)
> [1] "logical"
> # how many of you expected that? I had forgotten!
> > zz <- cbind(z, b)
> > zz
> a b
> 1 1 NA
> 2 2 NA
> 3 3 NA
> > class(zz$b)
> [1] "factor"
>
> whereas in S it is NULL and zz$b is of mode "numeric".
>
> The same thing happens with data.frame
>
> zz <- data.frame(a, b)
>
> gives zz$b as a factor in R and numeric in S.
>
> I don't think this is a desirable difference, at least with all NAs!

Hmmm. Notice that in *both* R and S3,

> class(data.frame(x=TRUE)$x)
[1] "factor"

And in both dialects, NA is a logical constant. So S3 is doing a
special exception for all-NA logical vectors. Of course, we could just
clone that...

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