[Rd] S4 helper functions: regular or generic?

From: Gopi Goswami <grgoswami_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:59:38 -0500

Hi there,

I want to write helper functions for a base class, which will be used by its subclasses in the S4 world. This function ___will___ update certain slots of its argument object. Please help me decide which one of the following is a better approach with respect to coding style, memory usage and speed:

o Write a regular function.
o Declare a generic and implement it just for the base class.

Thanks for sharing your insight and time, gopi.

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