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

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:38:44 +0000 (GMT)

On Mon, 16 Nov 2009, 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?

For those in base R (not all are, of course), if someone makes a persuasive case (not just says 'would be very nice to have': e.g. produces statistics of usage by a wide group of users showing that is a commonly used value of 'n') and supplies a complete patch (to the help as well as the code).

> -----
> Regards,
> Richie.
> Mathematical Sciences Unit

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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