Bugzilla – Bug 14169
seq.int broken (seq as well)
Last modified: 2009-12-30 21:00:28 UTC
Full_Name: Jens OehlschlÃ¤gel
OS: Windows XP
Submission from: (NULL) (22.214.171.124)
# fine as expected from help page:
# "from+by, ..., up to the sequence value less than or equal to to"
# thus 1+10=11 is not in
> seq.int(1L, 10L, by=10L)
# of course 1+1e7 should also not be in
# but is: wrong
> seq.int(1L, 1e7L, by=1e7L)
 1e+00 1e+07
# since we use seq.int AND are within integer range, rounding should not be an
system i386, mingw32
svn rev 50720
version.string R version 2.10.1 (2009-12-14)
From: Petr Savicky <email@example.com>
On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 08:50:13PM +0100, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> # fine as expected from help page:
> # "from+by, ..., up to the sequence value less than or equal to to"
> # thus 1+10=11 is not in
> > seq.int(1L, 10L, by=10L)
>  1
> # of course 1+1e7 should also not be in
> # but is: wrong
> > seq.int(1L, 1e7L, by=1e7L)
>  1e+00 1e+07
> # since we use seq.int AND are within integer range, rounding should not be an
In my opinion, this is a documented behavior. The Details section of the help
Note that the computed final value
can go just beyond 'to' to allow for rounding error, but (as from
R 2.9.0) is truncated to 'to'.
Since "by" is 1e7, going by 1 more than 'to' is "just beyond 'to'".
What can be a bit misleading is the following difference between the type
of seq() and seq.int(), which is only partially documented.
x <- seq.int(from=1L, to=10000000L, by=10000000L); typeof(x); x
#  "double"
#  1e+00 1e+07
x <- seq(from=1L, to=10000000L, by=10000000L); typeof(x); x
#  "integer"
#  1 10000000
The Value section of the help page says
Currently, 'seq.int' and the default method of 'seq' return a
result of type '"integer"' (if it is representable as that and) if
'from' is (numerically equal to an) integer and, e.g., only 'to'
is specified, or also if only 'length' or only 'along.with' is
specified. *Note:* this may change in the future and programmers
should not rely on it.
This suggests that we should get "double" in both cases, since all three
arguments "from", "to", and "by" are specified. I do not know, whether
having an "integer" result in seq() in the above case is intended or not.
Audit (from Jitterbug):
Fri Jan 1 12:22:07 2010 ripley changed notes
Fri Jan 1 12:22:07 2010 ripley moved from incoming to feature&FAQ