[R] Getting a Error: unexpected symbol in:

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.CA.us
Sat Dec 13 05:01:17 CET 2014

The body of a function needs to be wrapped in one pair of braces.


It is common in R to make sure that date values are of the appropriate type before you call the function instead of doing it over and over in this and various other functions you might use. If you give the function Date values instead of character strings you can shorten your function because you can do Date arithmetic directly on them. You also don't need the return statement since you are at the end of the code block already.

diffdate2 <- function(x,y){

in1 <- "2014-12-12"
in2 <- "2014-10-12"
in1 <- as.Date(in1)
in2 <- as.Date(in2)

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On December 12, 2014 1:43:13 PM PST, Sajjad Jafri <sjafri83 at gmail.com> wrote:
>I am trying to create a simple function that finds the number of days
>between two dates. However, when I run the  function, R gives me an
>message saying:
>unexpected '}' in "        }"
>Here is my function:
>#create a function that finds the number of days between two dates
>        z<-unclass(as.Date(x))
>        z1<-unclass(as.Date(y))
>        }
>        {
>                return z1-z
>        }
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