Re: [R] Your unfair assignment of blame (was parmat error from MASS?)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 07:18:01 +0000 (GMT)

There is no such code in MASS, so please don't make random assignments of blame. A competent R author would have used rowMeans(parmat).

R has debugging tools (see 'Writing R Extensions') and you should use them to locate in which function the error is occurring. E.g. traceback() would tell you. Even then, the error is almost certainly in the data passed to the function and not in the function itself.

We don't know what the PVA package/project is, or who 'our' refers to -- despite the posting guide you have not given a signature block.

On Mon, 10 Mar 2008, john polo wrote:

> i'm in the midst of using R for a PVA/matrix project. my math skills are
> lousy and programming skills are worse. to deal with an error that i
> couldn't solve, i changed a parameter that used a new part of a routine
> in our PVA package's code:
>
> else if (ES == "ParDraw") {
>
> require(MASS)
>
>
> (previously, ES was "MatrixDraw" and MASS wasn't called for)
> now, i get the following error:
>
> Error in apply(parmat, 1, mean) : dim(X) must have a positive length
>
>
> there is no code in the PVA package routines that has a line that says
> "apply(parmat, 1, mean)" or parmat or the format "(____, 1, mean)".
> that's why i think the error has something to do with MASS. i tried to
> update MASS, but had problems with that. i've searched for parmat. i
> looked through the MASS documentation for parmat. i don't know what it
> is or how to change whatever is affecting parmat.
>
> i'm using RGui from version 2.6.0 on an XP machine.
>
> sincerely,
> john
>
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