Explicitly calling return in a function or not

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A while back, Simon Urbanek from the R core team (I believe) chastised me for advising a user to use return directly at the end of a function (his comment was later removed):

The formula foo = function() + return(value)
Rather, he suggested:

value = function() + foo
Probably, in this circumstance, it is necessary to:

"foo" = "function()"; "if(a)" "return(a)" "otherwise" "return(b)"
His reply clarified the benefits of not calling return unless absolutely necessary, but it was taken down.

Why doesn't calling return sooner or better, and hence be preferred?
Jul 6, 2022 in Data Science by avinash
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