Re: [Rd] How to build a list with missing values? What is missing, anyway?

From: Peter Meilstrup <>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:31:26 -0700

On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM, Bert Gunter <> wrote:
> The R Language definition manual explains all of this. Read it.

I always reread that before I post to this list.

The only relevant mention of "missing" in the R Language Definition that I could find were in section 4.1.2 on page 25, and that section did not answer anything about "missing" as a special symbol (e.g. that my be put in a formal argument list.)

There is another mention of `...` in section 4.3.2 and it does not explain some things, such as under what circumstances one would get a "`...` used in incorrect context" error.


>> Thanks.
>> Just so I have my mental model correct, I'm gathering that missing/``
>> is a symbol that the interpreter has a special rule for -- evaluating
>> it raises an error, as opposed to objects that evaluate to themselves
>> or variable names that evaluate to objects.
>> Does the same sort of thing explain the behavior of `...`? When the
>> interpreter comes across `...` in the arguments during evaluation of a
>> call, it trips a special argument-interpolating behavior?
>> Peter
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