[Rd] Wishlist: Make screeplot() a generic (PR#9541)

maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Sat Mar 17 20:40:11 CET 2007

>>>>> "GS" == Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson at ucl.ac.uk>
>>>>>     on Sat, 17 Mar 2007 13:02:29 +0000 writes:

    GS> Dear List
    GS> Having not received any comments for or against my proposal to make
    GS> screeplot() a generic function, I found some time to make the relevant
    GS> changes to the svn trunk repository (revision 40848).

    GS> Please find attached a patch against the R svn trunk sources including
    GS> changes to the relevant help files and NAMESPACE. This builds and passes
    GS> make check-devel out of the box on my FC4 machine.

also for me;
thank you Gavin!

    GS> I took the option of making the default method for screeplot the
    GS> existing function and the plot methods for princomp and prcomp both call
    GS> screeplot.default directly. This, I hope, preserves the current
    GS> behaviour and should be backwards compatible with
    GS> code/packages/examples/docs that use these functions.

[[it is still a matter of taste if  screeplot.default should be
  called explicitly, but since this is in the same namespace, it
  works nicely and slightly more efficiently]]

I have committed your patches (+ a NEWS entry) as is, to be
there early enough before beta stage.

    GS> One alternative would be to have explicit methods for classes "prcomp"
    GS> and "princomp" that extract the relevant variances and pass on to
    GS> screeplot.default for plotting. If this is preferred I can provide a
    GS> patch for this scenario for consideration?

I'd prefer it in general, but not in this case where the plot.*
method for these already use screeplot();  still another matter
of taste.

Thanks for your contribution.


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