[R] summing elements in a list of functions

From: James Foadi <jf117_at_york.ac.uk>
Date: Fri 20 Oct 2006 - 14:19:06 GMT

Dear all,
I have looked for an answer for a couple of days, but can't come with any solution.

I have a set of functions, say:

> t0 <- function(x) {1}
> t1 <- function(x) {x}
> t2 <- function(x) {x^2}
> t3 <- function(x) {x^3}

I would like to find a way to add up the previous 4 functions and obtain a new function:

> rrr <- function(x) {1+x+x^2+x^3}

without, actually, having to write it in the previous form (I could have cases with hundreds of functions). I thought that perhaps I could first define a list of functions:

> ttt <- list(t0,t1,t2,t3)

and then I could use something like "sum", to add up all the elements of the list and obtain another function. I've tried:

> rrr <- function(x) {sum(ttt)}

but it does not work.

Any help with this is greatly appreciated.



Dr James Foadi
Department of Physics
University of York
York YO10 5DD

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