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June 23, 2011

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Wow, this is great!

Christian also mentioned this on the Rcpp-devel mailing list and I replied with a collection of alternatives. If you want to stay in pure R code you can use sapply or, even better, vapply to out-perform the loop. When using Rcpp it is worthwhile employing the STL algorithms when possible and I posted a version doing so.

The wonderful thing about Rcpp is that it is very close to programming in R at times and definitely much easier than programming in C with the R API. In particular all the PROTECT/UNPROTECT gymnastics are taken care of by the constructors and destructors of objects.

I sent David a copy of my posting by email.

Thanks for the comments, Doug. To everyone else, you can find Doug's alternatives in the Rcpp-devel archives.

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