[Rd] non-generic functions

Roger D. Peng rpeng at jhsph.edu
Mon Jan 5 16:54:16 MET 2004

If you use S4 classes/methods you can "create" generics by just calling


for example, and the original function becomes the default method.  Then 
you can define appropriate methods for your objects.


Max_Kuhn at bd.com wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm writing some code that will eventually see its way to a package (I
> hope). I've noticed that some functions are not set up using generic
> methods (while similar functions are). For example, mean is a generic
> method but var is not. Other operations that I've come across that could
> benefit from being generic are: qqplot, cor, cov, optimize/optimise.
> For example, if one were developing a control charting package, it be great
> to simply use sd(object), where object is of course the appropriate class,
> to get the standard deviation of the process as estimated be the charting
> method. Similarly, a DOE package might include optimize(object) to find the
> optimal operating conditions based on the data and specifications in
> object.
> Just a thought,
> Max
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