[R] Functions returning functions

Paulo Grahl pgrahl at gmail.com
Wed May 20 13:21:49 CEST 2009

Dear All:

I have a question regarding the behavior of functions.
Say I define a function that returns another function :
A <- function(parameters) {
     # calculations w/ parameters returning 'y'
     tmpf <- function(x) { # function of 'y' }

The value of the parameters are stored in an environment local to the
function. Then I call
x<- something

When R executes this last statement,  does it perform all the
calculations inside function A again (i.e., all the calculations that
yield 'y')
 or the value of 'y' is already stored in the function's local environment ?

Many thanks.
Paulo Gustavo Grahl, CFA

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