type_of

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Base type of an object

This is equivalent to base::typeof() with a few differences that make dispatching easier:

  • The type of one-sided formulas is "quote".

  • The type of character vectors of length 1 is "string".

  • The type of special and builtin functions is "primitive".

Usage
type_of(x)
Arguments
x

An R object.

Aliases
  • type_of
Examples
# NOT RUN {
type_of(10L)

# Quosures are treated as a new base type but not formulas:
type_of(quo(10L))
type_of(~10L)

# Compare to base::typeof():
typeof(quo(10L))

# Strings are treated as a new base type:
type_of(letters)
type_of(letters[[1]])

# This is a bit inconsistent with the core language tenet that data
# types are vectors. However, treating strings as a different
# scalar type is quite helpful for switching on function inputs
# since so many arguments expect strings:
switch_type("foo", character = abort("vector!"), string = "result")

# Special and builtin primitives are both treated as primitives.
# That's because it is often irrelevant which type of primitive an
# input is:
typeof(list)
typeof(`$`)
type_of(list)
type_of(`$`)
# }
Documentation reproduced from package rlang, version 0.1.6, License: GPL-3

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