[R] converting character strings to eval
john_hendrickx at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 20 13:19:17 CEST 2004
--- Deepayan Sarkar <deepayan at stat.wisc.edu> wrote:
> On Monday 19 July 2004 09:37, Wayne Jones wrote:
> > Hi there fellow R-users,
> > I'm stuck on this seemingly trivial problem.
> > All I want to coerce a character string into a command.
> > For example:
> > x<-rnorm(20)
> > y<-rnorm(20)
> > str<-"lm(y~x)"
> > I want to evaluate the "str" command.
> > I have tried
> > eval(as.expression(str))
> eval(parse(text = str))
> seems to work.
Couldn't eval be modified to automatically parse arguments if they're
not expressions? Something like:
if (!is.expression(arg)) arg<-parse(text=arg)
Would a construction like eval2 have a downside or cause problems
down the line?
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