Re: [Rd] is.finite confusion

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 18:29:27 +0100 (BST)

No, because it is carefully documented to do this, and people rely on it working as documented. (Did you do the homework the posting guide asked for?) What harm came out of learning that the values were not finite?

On Wed, 23 May 2007, Vladimir Dergachev wrote:

> I have recently made a silly screwup by applying is.finite() to a
> character vector:
>> is.finite(c("a", "b"))
> This does work with factors of course (as they are integer underneath)
> I wonder if a fix could be put in so that it either reports an error when
> applied to a character vector - or, perhaps better, act as

What way is that? It acts in the same way, as I understand the help pages.

> thank you
> Vladimir Dergachev
> PS test on R 2.5.0, 2.3.1

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