[R] rbenchmark: why is function benchmark back-quoted?

Prof J C Nash (U30A) nashjc at uottawa.ca
Tue Oct 8 17:36:38 CEST 2013

The function 'benchmark' which is the only one in package 'rbenchmark' 
has a back-quoted name in its first line

`benchmark` <- function( ....

I wondered whether this had specific importance. It appears not.


On 13-10-08 11:15 AM, Jeff Newmiller wrote:
> Your use of the English language is failing to communicate. You mention  "the name" when "name" is not a proper noun. Are you referring to some specific example?
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> "Prof J C Nash (U30A)" <nashjc at uottawa.ca> wrote:
>> I'm wondering what the purpose of the back-quoting of the name is,
>> since
>> benchmark seems a valid name. The language reference does mention
>> back-quoting names to make them syntactic names, but I found no
>> explanation of the "why".
>> Can someone give a concise reason?
>> JN
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