[Rd] relist, an inverse operator to unlist

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Wed May 23 01:36:56 CEST 2007

One additional idea.

I wonder if reshape might be promoted to a generic and relist made
into methods for it.  The unlisted version of an object would be the "long"
version and the original version of the list would be the "wide" version.

This would consolidate the two concepts together and make it
easier to use since the user could leverage his knowledge of
how reshape works to lists where it would work analogously.

Essentially reshape(myList, direction = "long") would be
similar to unlist but would add the attributes need to reverse
the procedure and reshape(myList, direction = "wide")
would perform the inversion.

I am not sure if the reshape package has any bearing here
as well.

On 5/22/07, Andrew Clausen <clausen at econ.upenn.edu> wrote:
> Hi Seth,
> On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 05:15:10PM -0700, Seth Falcon wrote:
> > I will also add that the notion of a default argument on a generic
> > function seems a bit odd to me.  If an argument is available for
> > dispatch, I just don't see what sense it makes to have a default.  In
> > those cases, the default should be handled by the method that has a
> > signature with said argument matching the "missing" class.
> >
> > What often does make sense is to define a generic function where some
> > argument are not available for dispatch.  For example:
> >
> > setGeneric("foo", signature="flesh",
> >            function(flesh, skeleton=attr(flesh, "skeleton")
> >                standardGeneric("foo")))
> That's an excellent suggestion.  Thanks!  However, I had to set the signature
> to c("numeric", "missing") rather than just "numeric".
> I have uploaded a new version here:
>        http://www.econ.upenn.edu/~clausen/computing/relist.R
> Cheers,
> Andrew
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