[R] Extracting the name of an object into a character string

Dimitris Rizopoulos d.rizopoulos at erasmusmc.nl
Thu Dec 11 13:34:25 CET 2008

do you mean something like the following:

f <- function (x) {

x <- 5
y <- 6
z <- 7


I hope it helps.


Philip Whittall wrote:
> Dear List,
> I am writing a function in R with the facility to store models for later
> use in scoring.
> It would be very useful if I could include in the name of the file
> stored the name of
> the model object being stored, this name being chosen by the user in the
> function
> call. A simple function to store the name of an object as a character
> string would fit the
> bill, but I have not found one. name() doesn't appear to do what I want,
> maybe I'm using
> it wrongly.  Any suggestions please ? I'm running 2.8.0 on windows XP,
> Thanks,
> Philip
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