Numeric testing and coercion {admisc}R Documentation

Numeric vectors


Coerces objects to class "numeric", and checks if an object is numeric.


asNumeric(x, ...)
possibleNumeric(x, each = FALSE)
wholeNumeric(x, each = FALSE)



A vector of values


Logical, return the result for each value in the vector


Other arguments to be passed for class based methods


Unlike the function as.numeric() from the base package, the function asNumeric() coerces to numeric without a warning if any values are not numeric. All such values are considered NA missing.

This is a generic function, with specific class methods for factors and objects of class “declared”. The usual way of coercing factors to numeric is meaningless, converting the inner storage numbers. The class method of this particular function coerces the levels to numeric, via the default activated argument levels.

For objects of class “declared”, a similar argument called na_values is by default activated to coerce the declared missing values to numeric.

The function possibleNumeric() tests if the values in a vector are possibly numeric, irrespective of their storing as character or numbers. In the case of factors, it tests its levels representation.

Function wholeNumeric() tests if numbers in a vector are whole (round) numbers. Whole numbers are different from “integer” numbers (which have special memory representation), and consequently the function is.integer() tests something different, how numbers are stored in memory (see the description of function double() for more details).

The function


Adrian Dusa

See Also

numeric, integer, double


x <- c("-.1", " 2.7 ", "B")
asNumeric(x) # no warning

f <- factor(c(3, 2, "a"))


asNumeric(f, levels = FALSE)

possibleNumeric(x) # FALSE

possibleNumeric(x, each = TRUE) # TRUE  TRUE FALSE

possibleNumeric(c("1", 2, 3)) # TRUE

is.integer(1) # FALSE

# Signaling an integer in R 
is.integer(1L) # TRUE

wholeNumeric(1) # TRUE

wholeNumeric(c(1, 1.1), each = TRUE) # TRUE FALSE

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