[Rd] [External] Re: Expressions from boxplot() passed to bxp()

iuke-tier@ey m@iii@g oii uiow@@edu iuke-tier@ey m@iii@g oii uiow@@edu
Fri Mar 27 13:59:26 CET 2020

On Fri, 27 Mar 2020, peter dalgaard wrote:

> It's not new anyway. You see the same behaviour with
> boxplot(dat, ylab=quote(X[2]))
> and it boils down to the use of do.call("bxp", ...) in the internals.
> As a general matter, expression() exists to prevent this sort of confusion, e.g., in this construction,
>> X <- quote(Y+1); bquote(f(.(X)))
> f(Y + 1)
> is indistinguishable from just entering f(Y+1), so f has no way of detecting whether or not it is intended to evaluate Y + 1. The same thing is happening with do.call: call objects are being "spliced into" the generated call, and if they are not protected with expression, you have the trouble.

do.call has a 'quote' argument that can be used to address this. The
default is quote = FALSE, which means all arguments will be evaluated
by the called function. Which is fine for arguments that evaluate to
themselves. For symbols and calls it isn't.

I did try to make the case some time ago that quote = TRUE should be
the default but I lost that argument.

It might be worth revisiting that, or at least reviewing the uses of
do.call in our code sometime (there are a couple of hundred).



> I don't know whether it is worth trying to change this. You know the workaround.
> -pd
>> On 27 Mar 2020, at 02:55 , Marius Hofert <marius.hofert using uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Is this expected behavior (R-3.6.0)?
>> dat <- cbind(x = 1:10, y = 10:1)
>> ylab <- substitute(X[t], list(t = 2))
>> plot(dat, ylab = ylab) # works (correctly displays ylab)
>> boxplot(dat, ylab = ylab) # fails
>> boxplot(dat, ylab = as.expression(ylab)) # works
>> Thanks & cheers,
>> M
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