Re: [R] Finding out about objects and classes

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 17 Oct 2006 - 13:12:05 GMT

On Tue, 17 Oct 2006, michael watson (IAH-C) wrote:

> When R help simply states something like:
> Value:
> An object of class '"loess"'.
> How do I find out more about that class? Shouldn't there be a link in
> the help file or something?

No, it means that the internal structure is regarded as private and should only be accessed via the methods provided (try methods(class="loess")).

You can find out more by reading the source code, but don't expect the authors not to change the structure at any time.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272866 (PA)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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