[R] call lattice function in a function passing

Ryan Hafen rhafen at purdue.edu
Thu Dec 11 16:13:57 CET 2008

> If however I wanted to call the function "densityplot" within a function and 
> pass the "groups" argument as an argument of that function, how would I have 
> to proceed? It is not as straightforward as
> f <- function(data, groupvar) {
>   densityplot(~ x, data, groups = groupvar)
> }
> probably because the lattice function "densityplot.formula" preprocesses 
> the "groups" argument with
> groups <- eval(substitute(groups), data, environment(formula))
> It there a way how I could pass the "groups" argument in the function "f"?

Here's one approach.  Pass the 'groups' variable as a character, then find 
that variable in the data frame and rename it.

d <- data.frame(x = rnorm(100), y = c("a", "b"))

f <- function(data, groupvar) {
	names(data)[which(names(data) == groupvar)] <- "gp"
  	densityplot(~ x, data, groups = gp)

f(d, groupvar="y")

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