Re: [R] Still confused about classes

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 08:04:23 +0100 (BST)

See ?months.

methods(class = "Date")

would have got you there.

(Date is not an S4 class, so people should not be setting S4 methods on it without very good reason, and there are none in R itself.)

On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, Joshua Wiley wrote:

> Hi Russ,
>
> One tool that might help could be ?methods and ?showMethods
>
> For example:
> ## for S3
> methods(class = "Date")
> ## for S4
> showMethods(classes = "Date")
>
> regarding getting the actual year, I would use (though there may be
> better ways):
>
> format.Date(as.Date("2010-01-01"), format = "%Y")

Call format(), not its methods, or use strftime() directly.

> HTH,
>
> Josh
>
> On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM, Russ Abbott <russ.abbott@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I'm still confused about how to find out what methods are defined for a
>> given class.  For example, I know that
>>
>>> today <- Sys.Date()
>>
>> will produce an object of type Date. But I'm not sure what I can do with
>> Date objects or how I can find out.
>>
>>> ?Date
>>
>>
>> refers me to the Date documentation page. But it doesn't tell me how, for
>> example, to extract the current year from a date object.
>>
>> I tried
>>
>>> year(today)Error: could not find function "year"
>>
>>
>> Is there some other function that does the job? I want a function f such
>> that    > f(today)    will return 2011. Perhaps there is no such function.
>>  But in general I don't have any confidence that I would know how to find it
>> if it existed or that I would know how to assure myself that there was no
>> such function.
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> *-- Russ *
>>
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>
>
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