[R] avoiding eval parse with indexing

Bert Gunter gunter.berton at gene.com
Sun May 26 16:43:51 CEST 2013


Well, assuming I understand, one approach would be to first get the
dim attribute of the array and then create the appropriate call using

> z <- array(1:24,dim=2:4)
> d <- dim(z)
> ix <-lapply(d[-c(1,1)],seq_len)
>  do.call("[", c(list(z),1,1,ix))
[1]  1  7 13 19

Is that what you want?

-- Bert

On Sun, May 26, 2013 at 6:56 AM, Martin Ivanov <tramni at abv.bg> wrote:
>  Hello,
> I would like to get an advice on how the notorious eval(parse()) construct could possibly
> be avoided in the following example. I have an array x, which can have different number of dimensions,
> but I am only interested in extracting, say, the first element of the first dimension. Currently I achieve this
> in this way:
> eval(parse(text=paste0("x[1", paste(rep(", ", length(dim(x)) - 1), collapse=""), "]")))
> Is it possible to avoid the eval parse here? How?
> Best regards,
> Martin
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Bert Gunter
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