[R] how do I define a function which is equivalent to `deparse(substitute(x))`?

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Mon Dec 12 05:53:42 CET 2016

```> On Dec 11, 2016, at 5:35 PM, frederik at ofb.net wrote:
>
> Dear R-Help,
>
> I was going to ask Jeff to read the entire works of William
> Shakespeare to learn why his reply was not helpful to me...

From a typical US 10th grade English assignment:

Cassius:
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

--
David.
>
> Then I realized that the answer, as always, lies within...
>
>    desub <- function(y) {
>      e1=substitute(y, environment())
>      e2=do.call(substitute,list(e1), env=parent.frame())
>      deparse(e2)
>    }
>
> Sorry to trouble the list; other solutions still welcome.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Frederick
>
> On Sun, Dec 11, 2016 at 12:46:23AM -0800, Jeff Newmiller wrote:
>> --
>> Sent from my phone. Please excuse my brevity.
>>
>> On December 10, 2016 10:24:49 PM PST, frederik at ofb.net wrote:
>>> Dear R-Help,
>>>
>>> I asked this question on StackOverflow,
>>>
>>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/41083293/in-r-how-do-i-define-a-function-which-is-equivalent-to-deparsesubstitutex
>>>
>>> but thought perhaps R-help would be more appropriate.
>>>
>>> I want to write a function in R which grabs the name of a variable
>>> from the context of its caller's caller. I think the problem I have is
>>> best understood by asking how to compose `deparse` and `substitute`.
>>> You can see that a naive composition does not work:
>>>
>>>   # a compose operator
>>>> `%c%` = function(x,y)function(...)x(y(...))
>>>
>>>   # a naive attempt to combine deparse and substitute
>>>> desub = deparse %c% substitute
>>>> f=function(foo) { message(desub(foo)) }
>>>> f(log)
>>>   foo
>>>
>>>   # this is how it is supposed to work
>>>> g=function(foo) { message(deparse(substitute(foo))) }
>>>> g(log)
>>>   log
>>>
>>> Is there a way I can define a function `desub` so that `desub(x)` has
>>> the same value as `deparse(substitute(x))` in every context?
>>>
>>> Thank you,
>>>
>>> Frederick Eaton
>>>
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