[R] Function to read a string as the variables as opposed totaking the string name as the variable
gunter.berton at gene.com
Thu May 14 23:37:37 CEST 2009
As Hadley said, it's complex in general: the standard approach is to
assemble the arguments into a list and then use do.call -- ?do.call.
Undoubtedly, there are times where this won't do either (at least not
without some further tricks).
Genentech Nonclinical Biostatistics
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Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:41 AM
To: Lori Simpson
Cc: r-help at r-project.org; Max Rausch
Subject: Re: [R] Function to read a string as the variables as opposed
totaking the string name as the variable
On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 12:16 PM, Lori Simpson
<lori.simpson at dc-energy.com> wrote:
> I am writing a custom function that uses an R-function from the
> reshape package: cast. However, my question could be applicable to
> any R function.
> Normally one writes the arguments directly into a function, e.g.:
> result=cast(table1, column1 + column2 + column3 ~ column4,
> mean) (1)
> I need to be able to write this statement as follows:
> result=cast(table1, string_with_columns ~ column4, mean) (2)
> string_with_columns = group of functions that ultimately outputs:
> "column1 + column2 + column3"
It's complex in general, but for cast you can just supply a string:
cast(table, paste(string_with_columns, "~ column4"))
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