Legible Function Chaining In R

Kevin Feasel

2018-03-22

R

John Mount shows a few techniques for legible function chaining with R:

The dot intermediate convention is very succinct, and we can use it with base R transforms to get a correct (and performant) result. Like all conventions: it is just a matter of teaching, learning, and repetition to make this seem natural, familiar and legible.

My preference is to use dplyr + magrittr because I really do like that pipe operator.  John’s point is well-taken, however:  you don’t need to use the tidyverse to write clean R code, and there can be value in using the base functionality.

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