[Rd] Re: setClass question

John Chambers jmc at research.bell-labs.com
Tue Aug 26 09:51:24 MEST 2003

The "undocumented methods" part of this one is easily fixed: undoc() was
calling getMethods() to get the methods defined.  But this gets _all_
the visible methods of the generic, hence everyone was being charged for
everyone else's methods.  Instead, undoc() should call the function
getMethodsMetaData(); it gets, as its name suggests, only the metadata
describing the methods assigned in this environment.

(The documentation for getMethods() describes itself correctly, but I'll
add a note pointing to getMethodsMetaData.)

The extra function warnings are a little subtler to suppress.  The right
approach seems to be to ignore generic functions that "correspond to" a
nongeneric in another package.  The subtlety is defining "correspond
to": intuitively, the generic should have been derived from the
nongeneric by a setGeneric() call, direct or implicit.  We can check
this by comparing the default method to the nongeneric function.

Meanwhile, I will commit the fix for undocumented methods after running
the checks.


Roger Koenker wrote:
> I have another S4 methods query -- this time about undocumented objects:
> I'm now getting the following warning from R CMD check SparseM:
> * checking for missing documentation entries ... WARNING
> Undocumented code objects:
>   %x% as.matrix diag diag<- diff t
> Undocumented S4 methods:
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,array} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,call}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,character} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,complex}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,environment} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,expression}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,function} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,integer}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,list} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,logical}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,matrix} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,name}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,numeric} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,single}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,ts} \S4method{coerce}{ANY,vector}
>   \S4method{coerce}{ANY,NULL}
>   \S4method{coerce}{vector,matrix.diag.csr}
>   \S4method{diff}{matrix.csr} \S4method{initialize}{traceable}
>   \S4method{initialize}{signature} \S4method{initialize}{environment}
> A couple of these are directly related to the package, but the rest
> seem to be items that I wouldn't have thought that I should be responsible
> for documenting.  I'm wondering whether the coerce items are related to
> my earlier query.  Even supposing that they were due to some blunder
> of mine, I'm still puzzled by the initialize items which were present
> even before I began to mess with my new setClass strategy.  Again,
> many thanks for any suggestions.
> url:    www.econ.uiuc.edu/~roger/my.html        Roger Koenker
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