[R] S4 object slot of type 'call'

Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Tue May 29 04:53:53 CEST 2007

Roberto Brunelli <brunelli at itc.it> writes:

> I'm using an S4 object with a slot of type 'call': I would like to
> be able to initialize it with something like NULL or NA (indicating
> that there is no information in the slot) but the value should
> comply with the fact that it must be of type call.
> Is there any simple way to obtain this?

One possibility is to create a NullCall class:

   setClass("NullCall", contains="call")

This can be put into a slot of type 'call' and identified by its
class.  One advantage of this is that you can write a few methods for
NullCall and in many cases avoid explicit tests like:

   if (class(obj) == "NullCall") ... else ...

For example, you could define a show metho that printed 'NULL' or

It is also possible to define a class union and use that as the slot
type.  I don't like this solution, but YMMV.

+ seth

Seth Falcon | Computational Biology | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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