Re: [Rd] Arguments of 'transform'

From: John Fox <jfox_at_mcmaster.ca>
Date: Sat 11 Feb 2006 - 15:38:39 GMT


Dear Peter and Bill,

How about changing the current "x argument to something like "x."? That should make the problem that Bill points out less likely and still be backwards compatible with using "x" in the call to transform().

Regards,
 John



John Fox
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-devel-bounces@r-project.org
> [mailto:r-devel-bounces@r-project.org] On Behalf Of Peter Dalgaard
> Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 4:43 AM
> To: Bill.Venables@csiro.au
> Cc: r-devel@stat.math.ethz.ch; p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk
> Subject: Re: [Rd] Arguments of 'transform'
>
> <Bill.Venables@csiro.au> writes:
>
> > If you would like a 10 second R puzzle, you might like to
> think about
> > this one:
> >
> >
> > > g <- expand.grid(long = 130:140, lat = -(10:25)) gp <-
> transform(g,
> > > x = long, y = lat)
> > Error in transform(g, x = long, y = lat) :
> > object "long" not found
> >
> >
> > I don't expect this hasn't come up before, but I can't find
> mention of
> > it. I suggest that to minimise this little stumbling block for
> > beginners (and others) we either
> >
> > change the name of the principal argument in transform from 'x'
> > to, say '.x' (or even 'data' as it is in 'with' for example) OR
> >
> > at least put a note in the help file for 'transform' in
> the 'Detalis'
> > section to say
> >
> > *** NOTE: The only tag name unavailable to be used is 'x'. ***
>
> Yes it has come up before (surprisingly rarely though), and
> you're probably right although changing argument names of
> functions should never be taken lightly as there could be
> people using the current ones.
>
> >
> > Just another little seed.
>
> ...which is connected to my grievances with attach() &c the other day.
> Something about transform() just isn't The Right Way.
>
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