[Rd] update.formula and backticked colons
William Dunlap
wdunlap at tibco.com
Fri Jul 31 19:16:45 CEST 2009
> -----Original Message-----
> From: William Dunlap
> Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 10:15 AM
> To: 'Sundar Dorai-Raj'; r-devel at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: RE: [Rd] update.formula and backticked colons
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: r-devel-bounces at r-project.org
> > [mailto:r-devel-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Sundar Dorai-Raj
> > Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 2:28 PM
> > To: r-devel at stat.math.ethz.ch
> > Subject: [Rd] update.formula and backticked colons
> >
> > I just noticed the following in update.formula and I'm wondering if
> > this behavior is the intention of the developers. Here's an example:
> >
> > update(`a: b` ~ x, ~ . + y)
> >
> > Note now that the response has no backticks and is
> interpreted as a:b
> > (i.e. ":" is now an operator). This is because in update.formula the
> > call to terms.formula uses simplify = TRUE. I'm working
> with data that
> > has a lot of colons in their names and for reporting
> purposes I don't
> > want to use make.names to avoid this situation. I do have a solution
> > which simply avoids using update.formula, but I wonder if the
> > developers would consider removing the "simplify" argument and allow
> > it to be passed through "...", which is currently ignored by
> > update.formula. Alternatively, add a simplify=TRUE to the
> > update.formula call, which can manually be set to FALSE by the user.
> >
> > I would love to hear any comments or criticisms of my findings.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > --sundar
>
> It would be nice to get right of the deparse/parse cycle in
> terms.formula,
> since that often causes problems. However, I think that
> adding backticks=TRUE
Typo above: backtick should be singular.
> to terms.formula:fixFormulaObject's call to
> deparse(form[[2L]]) would fix the
> immediate problem. (I haven't spent much time looking for
> bad side effects
> of this change to terms.formula, which gets called in a lot
> of other situations.)
>
> Bill Dunlap
> TIBCO Software Inc - Spotfire Division
> wdunlap tibco.com
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