[R] Checking for invalid dates: Code works but needs improvement

Paul Miller pjmiller_57 at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 4 15:06:43 CET 2012

Hi David and Rui,

Sorry to be so slow in replying. Thank you both for pointing out that the problem with my code was that I was using comparison operators on mixed data types. This is something I'll have to be more careful about in the future.

In an earlier email, David talked about how R can seem uncooperative or even "unfair" when you're just starting out. I too have had this experience, but it seems less "unfair" each time I use it. This time, I was able to write inelegant but functional code to solve my problem. Last time, I wasn't able to solve a much simpler problem at all. So I guess that's a kind of progress. 

At this point, I have serviceable code for checking my dates. I can improve this when I begin to develop some real skill as an R programmer, but it will do nicely for now.

Thanks everyone for your help with this.


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