Re: [R] trouble with wilcox.test

From: P Ehlers <ehlers_at_math.ucalgary.ca>
Date: Fri 19 Aug 2005 - 00:13:42 EST

I think your guess about stack overflow is probably correct and I definitely don't think it's worth wasting effort recoding.

Peter Ehlers

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> If this is stack overflow (and I don't know that yet: when I tried this on
> Windows the traceback was clearly corrupt, referring to bratio), the issue
> is that it is impossible to catch such an error, and it is not even AFAIK
> portably possible to find the stack size limit (or even the current usage)
> to do some estimates. (The amount of RAM is not relevant.) On
> Unix-alikes the stack size limit can be controlled from the shell used to
> launch R so we don't have any a priori knowledge.
>
> The underlying code could be rewritten not to use recursion, but that
> seems not worth the effort involved.
>
> All I can see we can do it to put a warning in the help file.
>

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