[Rd] delayedAssign changing values
McGehee, Robert
Robert.McGehee at geodecapital.com
Thu Apr 26 16:35:06 CEST 2012
For the amusement of the listserver:
Making use of the counter-intuitive assignment properties of delayedAssign, a co-worked challenged me to construct a delayedAssign of 'x' that causes 'x' to change its value _every_ time it is evaluated. The example below does this; each time 'x' is evaluated it is updated to be the next value in the Fibonnacci sequence.
cmd <- parse(text=
"delayedAssign(\"x\", {
x <- y[1]+y[2]
y[1] <- y[2]
y[2] <- x
eval(cmd)
y[1]
})")
y <- c(0,1)
eval(cmd)
for (i in 1:20) print(x)
[1] 1
[1] 1
[1] 2
[1] 3
[1] 5
[1] 8
[1] 13
[1] 21
[1] 34
[1] 55
[1] 89
[1] 144
[1] 233
[1] 377
[1] 610
[1] 987
[1] 1597
[1] 2584
[1] 4181
[1] 6765
Cheers, Robert
-----Original Message-----
From: r-devel-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-devel-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of McGehee, Robert
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 5:19 PM
To: r-devel at r-project.org
Subject: [Rd] delayedAssign changing values
I'm not sure if this is a known peculiarity or a bug, but I stumbled across what I think is very odd behavior from delayedAssign. In the below example x switches values the first two times it is evaluated.
> delayedAssign("x", {x <- 2; x+3})
> x==x
[1] FALSE
> delayedAssign("x", {x <- 2; x+3})
> x
[1] 5
> x
[1] 2
The ?delayedAssign documentation says that "after [evaluation], the value is fixed and the expression will not be evaluated again." However, this appears not to be true. Is this a bug, or just a good way to write extremely obfuscated code?
Robert McGehee, CFA
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