[Rd] Problem with anova and the new abbreviation restrictions
therneau at mayo.edu
Mon Jul 1 22:51:43 CEST 2013
An unwanted side effect of the new restrictions on abrreviated names.
The anova.coxph command, in a slavish copy of anova.lm etc, returns a data frame with
column labels of
loglik Chisq Df Pr(>|Chi|)
If one tries to extract the final column of the table errors result since it is not a
standard R variable name.
> afit <- anova(lm(conc ~ uptake, CO2))
 2.905607e-06 NA
In `$.data.frame`(afit, P) : Name partially matched in data frame
Error: unexpected '>' in "afit$Pr(>"
The second is a result of allowing TAB completion of the name.
Yes, experienced folks can sneak around it, but should this be upgraded to match and "ease
of use" criteria? Add an [.anova subscript method that allows for shortened names?
I'm still in favor of an option() that controls this new behavior with values of "allow",
"warn", and "error" so that I can at least turn it off for me. (I work on many data sets
created by SAS programmers that are in love with excessively long names, and use batch
scripts so name completion isn't avail during script creation). But this is more local to
me, and does not address the primary question above in a general way.
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