Re: [R] eval(parse(text vs. get when accessing a function

From: Ramon Diaz-Uriarte <rdiaz_at_cnio.es>
Date: Fri 05 Jan 2007 - 18:43:17 GMT

On Friday 05 January 2007 19:35, Bert Gunter wrote:
> ??
>
> Or to add to what Peter Dalgaard said... (perhaps for the case of many more
> functions)
>
> Why eval(parse())? What's wrong with if then?
>
> g <- function(fpost,x){if(fpost==1)f.1 else f.2 }(x)
>
> or switch() if you have more than 2 possible arguments? I think your
> remarks reinforce the wisdom of Thomas's "axiom" .

Thanks, Bert, but as with Peter's solution, your solution forces me to build g ahead of time. And again, I am not sure I see why the attempt to avoid eval(parse(text.

Best,

R.

>
> Bert Gunter
> Genentech Nonclinical Statistics
> South San Francisco, CA 94404
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Ramon Diaz-Uriarte
> Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 10:02 AM
> To: r-help; rdiaz02@gmail.com
> Subject: [R] eval(parse(text vs. get when accessing a function
>
> Dear All,
>
> I've read Thomas Lumley's fortune "If the answer is parse() you should
> usually
> rethink the question.". But I am not sure it that also applies (and why) to
> other situations (Lumley's comment
> http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/05/02/12204.html
> was in reply to accessing a list).
>
> Suppose I have similarly called functions, except for a postfix. E.g.
>
> f.1 <- function(x) {x + 1}
> f.2 <- function(x) {x + 2}
>
> And sometimes I want to call f.1 and some other times f.2 inside another
> function. I can either do:
>
> g <- function(x, fpost) {
> calledf <- eval(parse(text = paste("f.", fpost, sep = "")))
> calledf(x)
> ## do more stuff
> }
>
>
> Or:
>
> h <- function(x, fpost) {
> calledf <- get(paste("f.", fpost, sep = ""))
> calledf(x)
> ## do more stuff
> }
>
>
> Two questions:
> 1) Why is the second better?
>
> 2) By changing g or h I could use "do.call" instead; why would that be
> better?
> Because I can handle differences in argument lists?
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> R.

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