[R] Classes in R

Randall Skelton rhskelto at atm.ox.ac.uk
Thu Oct 25 18:27:13 CEST 2001

Two quick questions.

First, why doesn't using the matrix function actually set the class of the
resulting object to "matrix"?

> a <- matrix(1,10,10)
> attributes(a)
 [1] 10 10

or should I be using?

> a <- matrix(1,10,10); class(a) <- c("matrix");
> attributes(a)
[1] 10 10

[1] "matrix"

Second, can somone please send me an example showing how inheritance works
in R?  The R Language Definition document isn't particularly clear on the
subject... i.e. NextMethod lacks a good example.


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