[Rd] match gets confused by S4 objects

Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Tue Feb 7 16:20:17 CET 2006

On  7 Feb 2006, maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch wrote:
> The solution has been agreed to be changing the internal
> representation of S4 objects making them a new SEXP (basic R
> "type"); and as Brian alludes to, the problem is that those in
> R-core that want to and are able to do this didn't have the time
> for that till now.

The explanations from you are Brian are helpful, thanks.  I was aware
that the issue is the internal representation of S4 objects and was
hoping there might be a cheap work around until a new SEXP comes

It seems that S4 instances are less trivial to detect than one might
expect before actually trying it.  

I suppose one work around is to have an S4Basic class that defines
methods for match(), c(), etc and raises an error.  Then extending
this class gives you some protection.

+ seth

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