[Rd] question about trailing arguments in an S4 method

Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Sun Dec 17 01:06:57 CET 2006

Ben Bolker <bolker at zoo.ufl.edu> writes:

>   I'm trying to add arguments to the AIC method
> for some classes -- things like
>   weights=TRUE to calculate AIC weights
>   corr=TRUE, nobs to calculate AICc
>   delta=TRUE  to put a delta-AIC column in the output.
>  The problem is that AIC is defined as
> AIC(object, ..., k=2)  where k is the constant associated
> with the penalty term and ... is a list of objects
> that will have their AICs calculated and listed.
> Thus I'm not allowed (I think) to extend the definition to
> AIC(object, ..., nobs, corr=FALSE, delta=FALSE, weights=FALSE, k=2)

I think you can add args before the '...'.  However, you will need to
provide values for them in all calls or else they will steal a fit
from the '...' args.

I don't understand really what you are trying to achieve, so this may
not be helpful.  Nevertheless, here is a dummy example that you may
find useful.


setMethod("AIC", "Foo",
          function(object, weights=TRUE, delta=TRUE, ..., k=2) {
              ans <- AIC(object=object at fit, k=k, ...)
              args1 <- list(weights=weights, delta=delta, k=k)

foo <- new("Foo", fit=lm1)
## AIC(foo, lm1)   # this doesn't work, lm1 gets picked up as the weights arg
AIC(foo, weights=FALSE, delta=TRUE, lm1, lm1, lm1)

+ seth

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