[R] Pass an operator to function

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 12:48:20 CET 2010

On 30/11/2010 9:54 PM, randomcz wrote:
> Hi guys,
> How to pass an operator to a function. For example,
> test<- function(a, ">", b)
> {
>        return(a>b) #the operator is passed as an argument
> }
> Thanks,

It's much simpler than the other suggestions.  Just pass the operator, 
and treat it as a function.  (Most examples assume you're passing the 
name of the operator and have to retrieve the function.  No need for 
that.)  The only complication is that operator names are not generally 
seen simply as identifiers by the parser, so they need backquotes when 
you refer to them.

So the function can simply be

test <- function(a, op, b) {

and then you put the operator in back quotes to pass it:

 > test(4, `<`, 5)
[1] TRUE

 > test(4, `>`, 5)

Duncan Murdoch

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