[R] eval(parse(text vs. get when accessing a function

From: Ramon Diaz-Uriarte <rdiaz_at_cnio.es>
Date: Fri 05 Jan 2007 - 18:02:07 GMT


Dear All,

I've read Thomas Lumley's fortune "If the answer is parse() you should usually rethink the question.". But I am not sure it that also applies (and why) to other situations (Lumley's comment
http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/05/02/12204.html was in reply to accessing a list).

Suppose I have similarly called functions, except for a postfix. E.g.

f.1 <- function(x) {x + 1}
f.2 <- function(x) {x + 2}

And sometimes I want to call f.1 and some other times f.2 inside another function. I can either do:

g <- function(x, fpost) {

    calledf <- eval(parse(text = paste("f.", fpost, sep = "")))     calledf(x)
    ## do more stuff
}

Or:

h <- function(x, fpost) {

    calledf <- get(paste("f.", fpost, sep = ""))     calledf(x)
    ## do more stuff
}

Two questions:
1) Why is the second better?

2) By changing g or h I could use "do.call" instead; why would that be better? Because I can handle differences in argument lists?

Thanks,

R.

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