Re: [Rd] split.data.frame

From: Romain Francois <romain.francois_at_dbmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 08:03:33 +0100

On 12/16/2009 12:14 AM, Peter Dalgaard wrote:
> Romain Francois wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>> I very much enjoy "with" and "subset" semantics for data frames and
>> was wondering if we could have something similar with split, basically
>> by evaluating the second argument "with" the data frame :
>
> I seem to recall that this idea was considered and rejected when the
> current split.data.frame was written (10 years ago!). The main reasons
> were that
>
> - it's not really THAT hard to evaluate a single splitting expression
> using with() or eval()

Sure, this is just about convenience and laziness.

> - not all applications will have the splitting factor inside the df to
> split ( split(df[-1], df[[1]]) for a simple case)

this still works

> - if you need a computed splitting factor, there's a risk of inadvertent
> variable capture. I.e., if you inside a function do
>
> ....
> grp <- ...whatever...
> spl <- split(x, grp)
> ....
>
> and x has a variable called grp, what do you get?

this is a problem indeed.

thanks for the reply.

Romain

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