Re: [Rd] missing IntegerFromString()

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2007 07:34:00 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 7 Jun 2007, Aniko Szabo wrote:

> I am sorry about the confusion, I was too hasty.
> asInteger(coerceVector(x,INTSXP)) does not work after all. Here are more
> details of what I am trying to accomplish: I have a matrix with column
> names that are actually known to be integers (because I set them so
> myself in the R code, say, colnames(mat) <- 1:10. Of course, they become
> converted to character strings.)
> The relevant part of my code used to be:
> SEXP MyFunction(SEXP mat);
> int warn, minY
> SEXP rl, cl;
> char *rn, *cn;
> GetMatrixDimnames(mat, &rl, &cl, &rn, &cn);
> minY = IntegerFromString(VECTOR_ELT(cl,0), &warn);
> if (warn > 0) error("Names of popmatrix columns are not
> integers");
> Running some tests it appears that VECTOR_ELT(cl,0) is CHARSXP (which I
> wound up using without even knowing it).
> I tried replacing the IntegerFromString part with both
> asInteger(VECTOR_ELT(cl,0)) and with
> asInteger(coerceVector(VECTOR_ELT(cl,0),INTSXP)), but as you surmised,
> since VECTOR_ELT(cl,0) is CHARSXP, it does not work.
> So, how could I get the actual values in the column names?

 	if(length(cl) > 0)
 	    minY = INTEGER(coerceVector(cl, INTSXP))[0];
 	else minY = NA_INTEGER;

You are assuming that there is at least one dimname, and your code needs more careful checks. cl could be NULL and it could be of length 0. If not NULL it is (currently) guaranteed to be a STRSXP.

In future versions of R 'minY = asInteger(cl)' will be all that is needed.

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