[R] How Can I Execute a String Expression?

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 13 04:30:39 CEST 2017

eval(parse(text = yourstring))  # your string must be  quoted, because
that's what a string is.

But .... don't do this! (usually)

install.packages("fortunes") ## if not already downloaded and installed

See ?substitute and ?bquote for perhaps better ways to proceed.

Bert Gunter

"The trouble with having an open mind is that people keep coming along
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On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 6:55 PM, Donald Macnaughton <donmac at matstat.com> wrote:
> I have the string ggstr that I've built with string manipulation:
> ggstr =  "ggplot(df1, aes(x,y)) + geom_smooth(se=FALSE, span=0.01)"
> Assuming df1 is properly defined, this string will execute properly if I
> submit it manually without the quotes. How can execute the command as a
> string, so that I can run it repeatedly (with minor modifications) in a
> loop?  Presumably, it would be something like:
> execute(ggstr)
> Thanks for your help,
> Don Macnaughton
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