[R] expressions (nesting, substitution, 2-stage evaluation)

Daryl Morris darylm at uw.edu
Thu Feb 27 23:58:12 CET 2014


I have a function which generates many plots.  To keep it simple, let's 
say I want to set the main title based on where we are in nested loops.

So, something like

vectorA = c("a","b","c")
vectorB = c("a","b","c")

for(ii in vectorA) { for(jj in vectorB) {
   title(main = paste(ii,jj))

that part is easy!   The question is what if I wanted vectorA to be an 

I'd like to be able to set vectorA = 
c(expression(paste("TNF-",alpha)),expression(paste("IFN-",gamma))), and 
have the plot title show the greek letters.

Obviously, in the for-loop I could build the expression all at once, but 
there are lots of programmatic reasons I'd like to be able to have this 
program structure.  Is there a solution which modifies either/both (1) 
the setting of main in the loop (2) how I define the vector outside of 
the loop?

thanks, Daryl

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