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# How to Fix the Non-Numeric Argument to Binary Operator Error in R

The non-numeric argument to binary operator error in R happens when you try to do arithmetic on non-numeric data, like a character string or factor.

Jun 2024 · 8 min read

### What is a non-numeric argument?

### How can I spot this error in my code?

### Does this error only occur in R?

### Is there a way to avoid this error altogether?

### Can I use any type of operator with non-numeric arguments?

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