Re: [R] Testing for existence inside a function

From: Liaw, Andy <andy_liaw_at_merck.com>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 11:41:17 -0400

Just need a bit more work:

R> f <- function(x) exists(deparse(substitute(x))) R> f(y)
[1] FALSE
R> y <- 1
R> f(y)
[1] TRUE
R> f(z)
[1] FALSE Andy

From: Talbot Katz
>
> Hi, Andy.
>
> Thank you for the quick response! Unfortunately, none of
> these are exactly
> what I'm looking for. I'm looking for the following:
> Suppose object y
> exists and object z does not exist. If I pass y as the value of the
> argument to my function, I want to be able to verify, inside
> my function,
> the existence of y; similarly, if I pass z as the value of
> the argument, I
> want to be able to see, inside the function, that z doesn't exist.
>
> The missing function just checks whether the argument is
> missing; in my
> case, the argument is not missing, but the object may not
> exist. And the
> way you use the exists function inside the user-defined
> function doesn't
> test the argument to the user-defined function, it's just
> hard-coded for the
> object y. So I'm sorry if I wasn't clear before, and I hope
> this is clear
> now. Perhaps what I'm attempting to do is unavailable
> because it's a bad
> programming paradigm. But even an explanation if that's the
> case would be
> appreciated.
>
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>
> >From: "Liaw, Andy" <andy_liaw_at_merck.com>
> >To: "Talbot Katz" <topkatz_at_msn.com>,r-help_at_stat.math.ethz.ch
> >Subject: RE: [R] Testing for existence inside a function [Broadcast]
> >Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 11:03:12 -0400
> >
> >Not sure which one you want, but the following should cover it:
> >
> >R> f <- function(x) c(x=missing(x), y=exists("y"))
> >R> f(1)
> > x y
> >FALSE FALSE
> >R> f()
> > x y
> > TRUE FALSE
> >R> y <- 1
> >R> f()
> > x y
> >TRUE TRUE
> >R> f(1)
> > x y
> >FALSE TRUE
> >
> >Andy
> >
> >From: Talbot Katz
> > >
> > > Hi.
> > >
> > > I'm having trouble testing for existence of an object inside
> > > a function.
> > >
> > > Suppose I have a function:
> > >
> > > f<-function(x){
> > > ...
> > > }
> > >
> > > and I call it with argument y:
> > >
> > > f(y)
> > >
> > > I'd like to check inside the function whether argument y
> > > exists. Is this
> > > possible, or do I have to either check outside the function
> > > or pass the name
> > > of the argument as a separate argument?
> > >
> > > If I do exists(x) or exists(eval(x)) inside the function and
> > > y does not
> > > exist, it generates an error message. If I do exists("x") it
> > > says that x
> > > exists even if y does not. If I had a separate argument to
> > > hold the text
> > > string "y" then I could check that. But is it possible
> to check the
> > > existence of the argument inside the function without passing
> > > its name as a
> > > separate argument?
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > -- TMK --
> > > 212-460-5430 home
> > > 917-656-5351 cell
> > >
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