[R] call a function with explicitly not setting an argument

Joshua Wiley jwiley.psych at gmail.com
Sun Jul 24 08:38:39 CEST 2011

On Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 6:31 AM, jeroen00ms <jeroen.ooms at stat.ucla.edu> wrote:
> Is there a way to call a function, and explicitly set an argument to 'not
> specified'? My situation is the following. I have a function which passes on
> most of its arguments to another function. The second function, myfun2,
> serializes all arguments and is out of my control.
> myfun <- function(...){
>  return(myfun2(...));
> }
> now, the value for arguments of myfun are stored in variables. Say I want to
> call it with arguments 'foo' and 'bar', which are stored in variables
> 'myfoo' and 'mybar'. So in my script I call
> myfun(foo=myfoo, bar=mybar);
> However, I also want to be able to call myfun2 without any arguments. Is
> there any value that I can assign to myfoo and mybar, so that
> myfun(foo=myfoo, bar=mybar); is identical to myfun();

I am not aware of any (which is not to say there is not), but what
about catching ... between myfun and myfun2, and removing the
arguments you do not want passed on?  I had something like this in

myfun2 <- function(test, ...) {
  cat(missing(test), fill = TRUE)
  cat(..., fill = TRUE)

myfun <- function(...) {
  d <- list(...)
  index <- sapply(d, identical, y = "RemoveMe")
  d <- d[!index]
  do.call(myfun2, d)

myfun(foo = 1, test = "hi")
myfun(foo = 1, test = "RemoveMe")


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Joshua Wiley
Ph.D. Student, Health Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

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