Re: [Rd] Vectorized switch

From: <tlumley_at_u.washington.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:49:30 -0800 (PST)

> My understanding is that all the really fast vectorized operations are
> implemented down in C code, not in R. Thus if you wanted to write a
> vectorized switch, which I agree would be rather nice to have, you'd need to
> do it down there and then write a .Call wrapper for it in R.
>
> The ifelse (C) code would probably be a good place to start looking in terms
> of how to write it.

Gabe: ifelse() is not in C, nor is it really fast (though it is better than it used to be).

> Gabe
>
> On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Stavros Macrakis <macrakis_at_alum.mit.edu>wrote:
>
>> What is the 'idiomatic' way of writing a vectorized switch statement?
>>
>> That is, I would like to write, e.g.,
>>
>> vswitch( c('a','x','b','a'),
>> a= 1:4,
>> b=11:14,
>> 100 )
>> => c(1, 100, 13, 4 )
>>
>> equivalent to
>>
>> ifelse( c('a','x','b','a') == 'a', 1:4,
>> ifelse( c('a','x','b','a') == 'b', 11:14,
>> 100 ) )
>>
>> A simple way of doing this is (leaving aside the default case):
>>
>> colchoose <- function(frame,selector)
>> mapply(function(a,b)frame[a,b],seq_along(frame[1]),selector))
>>
>> colchoose( data.frame(a=1:4,b=11:14), c('a','b','b','a'))
>> => c(1,11,11,1)
>>
>> But of course this is not very efficient compared to the way ifelse works.
>>
>> Is there a standard function or idiom for this (am I missing something
>> obvious?), or should I write my own?
>>
>> -s
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```Thomas Lumley			Assoc. Professor, Biostatistics
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