Re: [Rd] n=1 default for random number generators

From: Patrick Burns <>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:43:14 +0000

Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 11/16/2009 11:00 AM, Richard Cotton wrote:
>> One tiny thing that would be very nice to have is a default value of
>> n=1 in
>> the random number generator functions, enabling, e.g., runif() instead of
>> runif(1). This won't break anyone's existing code and ought to be
>> relatively straightforward to do.
>> Is there anyone in the core team who would be willing to include this
>> change?

> I doubt it. Even if you put together the patch (and I didn't see an
> offer to do so), merging it into the trunk code would take more work
> than you'd save in several years of typing the "1".
> Duncan Murdoch

In the spirit of sour grapes, the proposed default might discourage some users from vectorizing their thinking.

Patrick Burns
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