Was enjoying Gabriel’s article Pipes in R Tutorial For Beginners and wanted call attention to a few more pipes in R (not all for beginners).
- data.table has essentially used the square bracket sequence “
][” in a manner equivalent to piping in R since about 2006. Here is an example.
- The Bizarro Pipe “
->.;” has always been possible in R, though I worked it out and started teaching it in 2016. And it is as quick to type as any other notation once you bind it to a keyboard shortcut.
- Lately we have been using wrapr’s “dot pipe” “
%.>%” under the theory that the placeholders may actually make sense as the primary objects in pipes (i.e., piping may be more about value sequencing than about function composition).
- We toyed with the idea of adding a Kleisli arrow to R, and may get back to that one day.
Kleisli arrow Khaleesi and dragon.
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Of course is one really wants to get up to mischief you can try unicode pipes:
Bind that to a keyboard shortcut and you can make everybody jealous (note: UTF8 is not recommended in R source code).
Unfortunately this doesn’t directly work for
magrittr(likely due to
magrittrcapturing source code and then directly looking for the names of pipe stages):
There’s also the lumberjack package offering a pipe that actually does something extra useful: it allows you to log changes in data.
And I just noticed the zeallot package with its unpacking assignment operator (not a pipe, but neat).