[Rd] Recursive objects

luke-tierney at uiowa.edu luke-tierney at uiowa.edu
Wed May 4 15:06:13 CEST 2011

I never use is.recursive/is.atomic because the definition they use for
an object to be recursive doesn't usually coincide with what I am
interested in. (If you want to know what that definition is you can
look at the source code, coerce.c:1790.) In computing on the language I
would want one notion where pretty much only calls are recursive in
the sense of having componets that need to be recursed into (you can
see how that is handled in the byte code compiler which is in the
sources as a noweb file). At the internal level, for example in the
GC, _every_ object is recursive in the sence of needing to be checked
for pointers to other objects, because of the attribute field.

There have been discussions of this previeously -- you might search
the archive.



On Wed, 4 May 2011, Hadley Wickham wrote:

> Hi all,
> Does anyone have a comprehensive list of recursive-type objects in R?
> is.recursive defines them as by exclusion: "most types of objects are
> regarded as recursive, except for  vector types, ‘NULL’ and symbols
> (as given by ‘as.name’)."  I think this that means recursive objects
> are:
> * lists
> * pairlists
> * calls
> * expressions
> Did I miss anything?
> Hadley

Luke Tierney
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