Re: [R] Finding out about objects and classes

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
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.

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