[R] Subscripting specified variables in a function

From: Zodet, Marc W. (AHRQ) <Marc.Zodet_at_ahrq.hhs.gov>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 10:42:39 -0400


I'm trying to create a function which will allow me to subset a data set based on values of various specified variables. I also want to then apply some other function(s) (e.g., summary).  

This is what I've tried so far....  

> test.fx <- function(dta, expvar, expval) {

+ newdta <- subset(dta, eval(expvar)>expval)

+ summary(newdta$eval(expvar))

+ }

>

> test.fx(fyc04s, quote(totexp04), 100)

Error in summary(newdta$eval(expvar)) : attempt to apply non-function

>
 

The subset works fine, but the my attempt to access the specified variable bombs.  

Is there a syntactical change I can make?

Is it better to attach newdta?  

Thanks in advance for any guidance.  

Marc  

Marc W. Zodet, MS

Senior Health Statistician

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends

301-427-1563 (Telephone)

301-427-1276 (Fax)

marc.zodet_at_ahrq.hhs.gov  

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