implicit return? [R for BE/BA]

posted by ElMaestro  – Belgium?, 2019-04-29 12:55  – Posting: # 20262
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Hi Hötzi,

» Use ifelse() for vectorized conditions. See this thread.

Try this:
library(microbenchmark)

x=round(runif(100),0)
Len=100

f1=function(x, Len)
{
 ifelse ((x==0), "foo", "bar")
}

f1(x, Len)


f2=function(x, Len)
{
 rslt=rep("foo", Len)
 for (i in 1:Len)
  if (x[i]) rslt[i]="bar"
 return(rslt)
}

f2(x, Len)



res <- microbenchmark(
                      f1(round(runif(Len),0), Len),
                      f2(round(runif(Len),0), Len),
                      times=3000L)
print(res)


note I am passing Len to f1 even though it is not used there in order to give the function call the same overhead, otherwise the comparison might be called unfair.

On my system f2 is a lot faster, so the advantage of runif may be solely syntactic and not in any way a true vectorisation advantage (easier but not more efficient).

I could be wrong, but...
Best regards,
ElMaestro

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