Variables and operators in R programming are very similar to many other languages I know, so I’m not going to add notes about arithmetic operators +, -, *, / or most logical operators <, >, <=, >=, etc. Not (!) and not equals (!=) are also the same as seen in other languages I use commonly. This post contains some of the more interesting takeaways while learning the basics of R programming operators.
firstname <- “Christopher”
lastname <- “Brotsos”
fullname <- paste(firstname, lastname)
Note that the
paste function takes an optional separator argument; the default is the space character. This is very unique syntax.
Logical Or and Logical And
The basic logical or operator is the single pipe
| , and the basic logical and operator is the single ampersand,
&. From what I’ve currently read, the commonplace
&& also perform logical operations, but therein lies some difference around vectors or vectorization, and I’m not knowledgeable enough to create notes on this difference *yet*.
There might also be some side effects and different handling of short-circuit evaluation…not sure there yet either. I’ll revisit the differences between the single-vs-double syntax in a later post I imagine. I found this blog post that I’ll make sure I eventually understand https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6558921/boolean-operators-and.
With that out of the way, a quick sample of using the
& is what is seen in other common languages:
r1 <- 4 < 5
r1 # TRUE
typeof(r1) # logical
r2 <- !(5 > 1)
r2 # FALSE
r1 | r2 # true (true or false)
r1 & r2 # false (true and false)
The isTRUE Function
There is a dedicated isTRUE() function in R Programming which returns logical results:
isTRUE(r1) # true
!isTRUE(r1) # false
Categories: R Programming
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