Articles by seth

Yes, it can

August 2, 2006 | seth

Joel on Software’s latest post is about having first class functions in your programming language. He shows how you can use functions as arguments to functions to reduce code duplication. IReducing code duplication is a nice way to motivate languag... [Read more...]

Here’s an improved system.time function for R

May 14, 2006 | seth

R’s current system.time function doesn’t name the vector of return values. Doing so makes it easier to understand the output. IMO, the current code has two uglies: it sets an on.exit hook and then calls on.exit() explicitly. It also computes the ... [Read more...]

Aggregating Results from Unreliable Functions in R

May 12, 2006 | seth

I posted this as a response to a question on R-help. I think the idea of a “collect” function could be useful both in the context of unreliable functions that sometimes error out and also in filtering contexts where currently one creates a list co... [Read more...]

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