[Rd] proposal to make loadings() generic in R-devel

Paul Gilbert pgilbert at bank-banque-canada.ca
Thu Nov 3 18:09:13 CET 2005

I propose that loadings() be made generic in R-devel with definition

    loadings <- function(x, ...) UseMethod("loadings")

    loadings.default <- function(x, ...) x$loadings

The default is the current definition of loadings with the ... argument 

The current definition is not specific about the returned value, though 
$loadings may usually be a matrix. I'm not sure what would be broken if 
a more strict definition of the return value is enforced. For my 
purposes a matrix is fine, but I am not sure that there is a benefit 
from imposing that the returned value must be a matrix, so I suggest 
sticking with the current non-specific structure for the return value. 
(For piecewise linear or other non-linear analysis there may be good 
reasons to allow more general structures for the loadings.)

Paul Gilbert

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