[Rd] Controlling simplification in apply()?

From: Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson_at_ucl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:03:51 +0000


Dear list,

Fully according to the documented behaviour, I was bitten by apply() simplifying results to vectors or arrays when the lengths of the individual objects returns by FUN are the same (over simplification).

sapply() has argument simplify with default TRUE to control whether it attempts to simplify the returned objects or not.

I do find it a little annoying that one is not able to force apply into one behaviour or the other.

Would the be merit in apply() also having a similar argument to control whether simplification occurs or not, say adding `simplify = TRUE` after `...`? If there was I'd be happy to provide a first stab and contribute updated documentation.

All the best,

Gavin

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