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R Object-oriented Programming

By : Kelly Black
Book Image

R Object-oriented Programming

By: Kelly Black

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
R Object-oriented Programming
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Calculating Probabilities and Random Numbers
Package Management

A final note

There is one final note to share about S3 classes. If you have used R, you most likely have used them. Many functions are defined to react according to the class name of their first argument. Have a look at the following diagram:

A common example of this is the plot command. If you type the plot command without arguments, you can see its definition, as follows:

> plot
function (x, y, ...) 
<bytecode: 0x32fdd50>
<environment: namespace:graphics>

The plot command will react differently depending on what kind of object you passed to it. If you wish to see what classes the plot command can handle, you can use the methods command to list them:

> methods(plot)
 [1] plot.HoltWinters*   plot.TukeyHSD*      plot.acf*     
 [4]*    plot.decomposed.ts* plot.default  
 [7] plot.dendrogram*    plot.density*       plot.ecdf     
[10] plot.factor*        plot.formula*       plot.function 
[13] plot.hclust*        plot.histogram*     plot...