[R] expression with running index

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Apr 25 20:40:44 CEST 2004

lapply(-1:2, function(i) substitute(expression(b[i]), list(i=i)))

would be a good start. (Note that what it gives is


which is not what you asked for but is what I think you intended.

Then we can elaborate this to 

f <- function(ind, vec)
           function(i, vec) substitute(expression(vec[i]), 
                                       list(i=i, vec=vec)), 

f(-1:2, "b") and f(c("f", "g", "h"), "b") both work

Also, I am not sure you need the expression() in there, as without it you 
have a language call which will almost certainly do.

On Sun, 25 Apr 2004, Tamas Papp wrote:

> Hi,
> I need a list of expression of the form expression(b[i]), where i is a
> running index.  So for example, if i <- -1:2, I would like to have a
> list equivalent to
> list(expression(b[-1]), expression(b[0]), expression(b[1]), expression(b[2]))
> "i" might be a character vector (like c("f", "g", "h"))
> Could somebody help me out by writing a function that produces the
> list above for a given string in place of "b" and a vector of subscripts?
> Sorry if this has been discussed before, I tried searching the
> archives but "expression" as a keyword gives too many results on
> different subjects.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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