Re: [R] Some problems with latex(ftable)

From: Frank E Harrell Jr <>
Date: Sun 16 Jul 2006 - 15:41:21 EST

Richard M. Heiberger wrote:
> The ftable structure is not an ordinary matrix. Instead, it has the
> body of the table with several cbind- and rbind-ed rows and columns of
> label information. The example in ?ftable has two row factors and two
> column factors.
> Continuing with the example in ?ftable, enter
> tmp <- ftable(mtcars$cyl, mtcars$vs, mtcars$am, mtcars$gear, row.vars = c(2, 4),
> dnn = c("Cylinders", "V/S", "Transmission", "Gears"))
> print.default(tmp)
> To get what you are looking for, you will need to intercept write.ftable
> with, for example,
> trace(write.ftable, exit=recover)
> then do
> 3
> tmp.latex <- latex(t(x))
> print.default(tmp.latex)
> Now open up t.latex and prepend
> \documentstyle{article}
> \begin{document}
> and append
> \end{document}
> then latex it.
> This gets you close to what you want and you can work with the generated
> t.tex file to get the rest of the detail. Or you can work with the
> numerous arguments we built into latex (see ?latex) to get some of them
> automatically generated.
> tmp2.latex <- latex(t(x), col.just=rep(c("l","r"), c(3,6)),
> n.rgroup=c(3,6), file="t2.tex")
> Now open up t2.latex and pre- and append the latex controls to it.
> This works well for one or two examples. To do many, then you will
> need to follow Frank's suggestion and build all of this into a method.
> Once the method works well, send it to Frank and he will consider
> including it in the next release (Frank, I hope that's a fair offer I
> make for you to do).

Yes, working with Charles Thomas Dupont we'll be glad to add such a contribution to latex. Thanks for your excellent ideas above Rich.


> This raises a question from me to the R developers. I would have
> written write.ftable to return t(x), not ox. print is constrained to
> return its argument. I thought write had more freedom. Then I would
> respecify
> print.ftable <- function (x, digits = getOption("digits"), ...) {
> write.ftable(x, quote = FALSE, digits = digits)
> invisible(x)
> }
> Had this been done then the current task would simplify to
> latex(write(tmp))
> Te question is: why was write.ftable designed to follow the
> print.ftable constraint on returned value.
> ps. I just designed the method. Take write.ftable, drop the last line
> and give it a new name. then you can latex the output of that new
> function.
> Rich
> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Sun Jul 16 15:45:46 2006

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