[Rd] ifelse can't return a list? Please explain (R-2.15.3)
Patrick Burns
pburns at pburns.seanet.com
Mon Mar 25 12:16:13 CET 2013
When you what you hope for turns out to
be wrong, then have a look at 'The R Inferno'.
http://www.burns-stat.com/documents/books/the-r-inferno/
It does talk about 'ifelse'.
Pat
On 25/03/2013 02:21, Paul Johnson wrote:
> I hope you are doing well.
>
> For me, this was an unexpected problem. I've hoped for quite a few
> wrong things today, but I'm only asking you about this one. Why does
>
> ifelse(1, list(a, b, c), list(x, y, z))
>
> return a list with only a, not list(a, b, c) as I hoped. I wish it
> would either
> cause an error or return the whole list, not just the first thing.
>
> Working example:
>
>> x <- 1
>> y <- 2
>> z <- 3
>> a <- 4
>> b <- 5
>> c <- 6
>> list(x,y,z)
> [[1]]
> [1] 1
>
> [[2]]
> [1] 2
>
> [[3]]
> [1] 3
>
>> list(a,b,c)
> [[1]]
> [1] 4
>
> [[2]]
> [1] 5
>
> [[3]]
> [1] 6
>
>> ifelse(1, list(a,b,c), list(x,y,z))
> [[1]]
> [1] 4
>
>> ifelse(0, list(a,b,c), list(x,y,z))
> [[1]]
> [1] 1
>
>
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.15.3 (2013-03-01)
> Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)
>
> locale:
> [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 LC_NUMERIC=C
> [3] LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8 LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8
> [5] LC_MONETARY=en_US.UTF-8 LC_MESSAGES=en_US.UTF-8
> [7] LC_PAPER=C LC_NAME=C
> [9] LC_ADDRESS=C LC_TELEPHONE=C
> [11] LC_MEASUREMENT=en_US.UTF-8 LC_IDENTIFICATION=C
>
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base
>
> other attached packages:
> [1] rockchalk_1.5.5.10 car_2.0-16 nnet_7.3-5 MASS_7.3-23
>
> loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
> [1] compiler_2.15.3 tools_2.15.3
>
>
> I realize I can code around this, but I'm just curious about why
> ifelse hates me so much :(
>
>> if (1) myvar <- list(a, b, c) else myvar <- list(x, y, z)
>> myvar
> [[1]]
> [1] 4
>
> [[2]]
> [1] 5
>
> [[3]]
> [1] 6
>
>> myvar <- if (1) list(a, b, c) else list(x, y, z)
>> myvar
> [[1]]
> [1] 4
>
> [[2]]
> [1] 5
>
> [[3]]
> [1] 6
>
>
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