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weird [lack of] control…

Posted in University life, R with tags , , , on February 21, 2012 by xi'an

When I ran

> test=NULL
> for (i in 1:10){
+   if (i%%2!=0){
+     test=c(test,i)
+     i=i+2}}
> test
[1] 1 3 5 7 9

I was expecting the same output as

> test=NULL
> i=1
> while (i<11){
+ if (i%%2!=0){
+   test=c(test,i)
+   i=i+2}
+ i=i+1}
> test
[1] 1 5 9

So this means that the dummy index in R “for” loops cannot be tweaked that easily. I seem to remember doing this kind of (dirty) tricks with earlier versions… Now, Alessandra and Robin think this is a good thing that the for loop is robust against this kind of non-sense, so I may be a minority in complaining about this lack of control [for me, if not for for].


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