R-alpha: terms class

Thomas Lumley (thomas@biostat.washington.edu)
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 08:50:57 -0800 (PST)

Date: Mon, 18 Nov 1996 08:50:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Thomas Lumley <thomas@biostat.washington.edu>
To: r-testers@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: R-alpha: terms class
In-Reply-To: <Pine.SUN.3.91.961117105614.1562B-100000@chekov>

In S the output of terms() has class "terms".  I tried to add the "terms" 
class in R and found two problems that I don't understand.

> class(tt)
[1] "terms"   "formula"
> attr(tt,"intercept")<-1
> class(tt)
[1] "formula"

Also, when I defined a "[.terms" method it was ignored, though a 
"[.formula" was called if it was defined. For some reason R seems to be 
very determined to treat terms objects as formulas.

thomas lumley
UW biostatistics

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