[R] Class troubles

Damon Wischik djw1005 at cam.ac.uk
Thu May 1 14:56:23 CEST 2003

I would appreciate some guidance about classes. I think I'm
getting confused about S3 classes and S4 classes, in the following:

s <- shingle(1:5)
class (s)

# this reports that s has class "shingle", as expected

foo <- function(x) as.factor(x)
setMethod("foo","numeric",function(x) as.shingle(x))
setMethod("foo","shingle",function(x) {cat("A shingle!\n"); x})

# gives me a warning:
# Class "shingle" not defined in: matchSignature(signature, fdef)


# Calls the "foo" for shingle, as I want it to.

If I defined a "shingle" S4 class, I expect I wouldn't get the warning
message when I try to define "foo" for "shingle".  But I want my routine
to work with the existing shingle S3 class from the lattice package. 

My code works as it is, but I get the warning message, which makes me
uneasy. What should I do?

Damon Wischik.

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