[R] Trying to understand the magic of lm

Sorkin, John j@ork|n @end|ng |rom @om@um@ry|@nd@edu
Thu May 9 03:22:56 CEST 2019

Can someone send me something I can read about passing parameters so I can understand how lm manages to have a dataframe passed to it, and use columns from the dataframe to set up a regression. I have looked at the code for lm and don't understand what I am reading. What I want to do is something like the following,

myfunction <- function(y,x,dataframe){

  fit0 <- lm(y~x,data=dataframe)
  print (summary(fit0))

# Run the function using dep and ind as dependent and independent variables.
mydata <- data.frame(dep=c(1,2,3,4,5),ind=c(1,2,4,5,7))
# Run the function using outcome and predictor as dependent and independent variables.
newdata <- data.frame(outcome=c(1,2,3,4,5),predictor=c(1,2,4,5,7))

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