[Rd] Help for methods

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Sep 19 15:02:21 CEST 2006

On Tue, 19 Sep 2006, hadley wickham wrote:

>> You are supposed to do:
>> ?summary.lm
>> ?summary.data.frame
>> for S3 methods. The former works, the latter doesn't - which is

?summary.data.frame does work on my systems.

>> probably considered a bug, but then the usage of some of the
>> generics are probably considered obvious and fundamental enough
>> that summary.data.frame doesn't really behave in any substantially
>> different way compared to what is said in ?summary and ?Summary .
> Well, I know that, and you know that, but how is anyone supposed to
> figure it out?  It means that you need to have a working knowledge of
> the S3 and S4 class systems before you can use the help to reliably
> get the documentation you need.

For S3 you do to understand that there are different methods, and it 
is in `An Introduction to R'.  And ?summary reminds you.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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