Re: [R] What does the "<<-" operator mean?

From: Rolf Turner <rolf.turner_at_xtra.co.nz>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 09:39:03 +1200

On 22/04/11 07:08, Cliff Clive wrote:
> I've been reading some code from an example in a blog post (
> http://www.maxdama.com/ here ) and I came across an operator that I hadn't
> seen before. The author used a<<- operator to update a variable, like so:
>
> ecov_xy<<- ecov_xy+decay*(x[t]*y[t]-ecov_xy)
>
> At first I thought it was a mistake and tried replacing it with the usual<-
> assignment operator, but I didn't get the same results. So what does the
> double arrow<<- operator do?

Install the "fortunes" (if you haven't already) and see:

     fortune("<<-")

     cheers,

             Rolf Turner



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