[R] how to check a R object's property

Weiwei Shi helprhelp at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 21:07:04 CET 2006

I am writing a generic function and need to check if an arg is a data
frame or not. I could use
is.null(dim(x)) to get what i want. But i want to know if there is a
function which can tell me whether it is a list, a numeric vector, a
data frame, a factor and so on. Can R do that?


Weiwei Shi, Ph.D
Research Scientist
GeneGO, Inc.

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