[Rd] C-Side: Applying a function (given as param) to data (given as param)

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Fri Jun 3 18:14:39 CEST 2011

On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 5:17 AM, oliver <oliver at first.in-berlin.de> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm implementing a package (C-extension),
> where one function gets data and a function
> that needs to be applied to the data.
> I want to apply the function to (parts of)
> the data on the C-side.
> 1) how do I apply a function (given via SEXP) to data
> 2) how do I select parts of the data (also provided via SEXP)?

Not to be facetious but you begin by reading the "Writing R Extensions" manual.

An alternative is to read the vignette Rcpp-Introduction available as
http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/code/rcpp/Rcpp-introduction.pdf and soon
to be in The R Journal.  They show an explicit example of apply in
compiled code (C++ using the Rcpp structures, in their case).

> Comment on 2: I want to implement a moving/rolling/running
> apply on the data, so I want to select a data window.
> How can this be done, and how can it be done efficiently?
> For example on page 101 of "Writing R extensions" there was a trick
> on how to use REAL on the result, before using it in a loop.
> Can this be used for efficiency reasons in general?
>  Ciao,
>    Oliver
> P.S.: What do these macros (like REAL()) do? Do they convert data
>      or rather cast datatypes?
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