[R] inconsistency in switch statements.....
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The argument names given to any function, including switch(), must be
parsable as R 'names' (a.k.a. 'symbols'). Names are either
a) sequences of letters, numbers, and underscores that begin with a
b) the contents of a backticked set of characters (with a few
exceptions, like no \uxxxx sequences)
Since calls to switch() are parsed with the same rules as any other
function call, this is not mentioned in the help page for switch().
[Note that your original code died with a syntax error, not a run-time
error that would be specific to switch().]
On Wed, Sep 7, 2022 at 12:46 PM akshay kulkarni <akshay_e4 using hotmail.com>
> Dear Bert,
> Thanks...I went through the doc pages but couldn't
> glean from that that for numeric options one has to backtick it. I is not
> given in the doc page...I actually had hundreds of different choices and so
> cannot depend on evaluation by position...Thanks again...I got to know that
> 2 is not a valid identifier but`2` is!
> Yours sincerely,
> AKSHAY M KULKARNI
> From: Bert Gunter <bgunter.4567 using gmail.com>
> Sent: Thursday, September 8, 2022 12:39 AM
> To: akshay kulkarni <akshay_e4 using hotmail.com>
> Cc: R help Mailing list <r-help using r-project.org>
> Subject: Re: [R] inconsistency in switch statements.....
> Well, as it states on the Help page, which should always be the first
> place to look for, ummm, help:
> "If the value of EXPR is not a character string it is coerced to
> integer. Note that this also happens for factors, with a warning, as
> typically the character level is meant. If the integer is between 1
> and nargs()-1 then the corresponding element of ... is evaluated and
> the result returned: thus if the first argument is 3 then the fourth
> argument is evaluated and returned."
> So following up on Bill's comment, the arguments do not even need to
> be names when Stst evaluates to) an integer:
> > Stst <- 2
> > switch(Stst, print("NO"), print("YES"))
>  "YES"
> On Wed, Sep 7, 2022 at 11:35 AM akshay kulkarni <akshay_e4 using hotmail.com>
> > Dear members,
> > The following is my code:
> > > Stst <- 2
> > > switch(Stst, 1 = print("NO"), 2 = print("YES"))
> > Error: unexpected '=' in "switch(Stst, 1 ="
> > Why isn't it printing "YES" on to the console?
> > many thanks in advance.
> > Thanking you,
> > Yours sincerely,
> > AKSHAY M KULKARNI
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