[R] Distinguishing variables from functions with the same name

Wacek Kusnierczyk Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk at idi.ntnu.no
Fri Feb 13 17:45:34 CET 2009

Stavros Macrakis wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Gabor Grothendieck
> <ggrothendieck at gmail.com> wrote:
>> See ?get and try:
> Interesting.  I hadn't paid attention to the 'mode' argument before.
> Where would it be advisable to use anything but mode='any' or mode='function'?

don't know if it really is advisable, but you can imagine a scenario
where you have different-moded like-named variables within nested
scopes, e.g.:

x = TRUE
    x = 0;
       x = 'foo';
       list(get('x'), get('x', mode='numeric'), get('x',
mode='logical')) }) })
# list('foo', 0, TRUE)

basically, you want, within a scope, the value of a variable named 'x'
from in the closest environment in which it has the given type of value.


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