Re: [Rd] S4 methods semantics questions

From: Seth Falcon <sfalcon_at_fhcrc.org>
Date: Fri 25 Mar 2005 - 18:36:23 GMT

John Chambers <jmc@R-project.org> writes:

> Well, the intent is that defaults are indeed taken from the method, if
> there is a default there, otherwise from the generic. It looks as if
> there is a bug in the case that the generic has NO default for that
> argument (unless, of course, it's a subtle feature, but not that I can
> think of at the moment).
>
> Your example works as intended if there is a default expression for y
> in the generic:
>
> R> setGeneric("foo",function(x,y=stop("Need y")) standardGeneric("foo"))
> [1] "foo"
> R> setMethod("foo","numeric",function(x,y=2) x+y)
> [1] "foo"
> R> foo(1)
> [1] 3

FWIW, I've encountered the same error that the OP described. I certainly don't know if it is a bug, but I can say that I expected it to work based on the documentation of setMethod.

I ended up with a different workaround: if you don't need to do dispatching on the default arguments, you can set

setGeneric("foo", function(x, ...) standardGeneric("foo"))

and then methods with defaults defined in their function do the expected thing.

Best,

+ seth



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