[R] Partial Function Application

baptiste Auguié baptiste.auguie at googlemail.com
Fri Aug 6 16:20:03 CEST 2010


I think you mean Currying, there's a function in roxygen that looks like,

function (f, ..., .left = TRUE) 
    .orig = list(...)
    function(...) {
        if (.left) {
            args <- c(.orig, list(...))
        else {
            args <- c(list(...), .orig)
        do.call(f, args)



On Aug 6, 2010, at 3:56 PM, Mog wrote:

> Hi. I would like to partially apply a function to a list of arguments,
> and I don't know how to do this in R, without perhaps writing default
> values to the formals() of my function, or writing to the environment
> object of a function. For context, my definition of partially apply
> is: "fix some of the arguments, leaving the others as variables,
> return a new function that takes the un-fixed arguments from the
> original function as arguments"
> The issue is that I would like several different sets of arguments for
> the "partially applied" phase, and I think that would involve copying
> the function to several different places with the above methods.
> Alternately, I could hard-code the partial applications using a
> function() form, but I would prefer not to do this, as there will be a
> sizable number of these closures needed and I'd prefer to automate the
> process.
> Thanks!
> --Mog
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