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April 1, 2015

Standardising Function Names in R

Filed under: R — csgillespie @ 12:01 am

The renamer Package

Tired of the disparate naming systems in R? Then this is the package for you.

Installing the package

The package is located in my drat. To install

install.packages("renamer", repos="http://csgillespie.github.io/drat", type="source")

or if you have drat installed

drat::addRepo("csgillespie")
install.packages("renamer", type="source")

The source is available on my github page

Example: The CamelCaseR

If have an unnatural fear of underscores, that prevents the use of ggplot2, then you are saved

## Assumes you have ggplot2 installed
library(renamer)
camelCase("ggplot2")

Then

data(cars)
ggplot(cars) + geomPoint(aes(speed, dist))

Example: The UnderscoreR

If you’ve want to try the excellent `drat` package, but you find the lack of underscores
unnerving, you too are saved

library(renamer)
install.packages("drat", repos="http://eddelbuettel.github.io/drat")
under_score("drat")

The examples on the drat homepage become

add_repo("eddelbuettel")
insert_package("drat_0.0.1.tar.gz")

Future directions

Now that the problem with the R naming system has been solved, the next logical step is
to remove differences *between* languages

  • lisp` converter – randomly add brackets to all functions
  • python – insert spaces/tabs on every line
  • FORTRAN – all code starts on the eighth column
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