[R] evaluate a string

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Wed Jun 26 11:19:54 CEST 2002

>>>>> "Joerg" == Joerg Maeder <maeder at atmos.umnw.ethz.ch> writes:

    Joerg> i want to execute different commands that are saved
    Joerg> in strings (eg: "d <- 4+7" and some more complicated
    Joerg> things). How can i execute/evaluate them. I know i
    Joerg> could save them to a temp-file a read this with
    Joerg> source.  But is there a way without a file in the
    Joerg> middle?  I know also the 'assign' command but I think
    Joerg> it would only the simply cases.

source() builds on parse() and eval() 
which you need here.

parse() : character --> expression
eval () : expressaion --> [evaluated result]


eval(parse(text = "print(d <- 4 + 7)"))
> [1] 11

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