implicit return? [R for BE/BA]

posted by Helmut Homepage – Vienna, Austria, 2019-04-28 23:38  – Posting: # 20259
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Hi ElMaestro,

» My functions almost always look like this:
» » Foo=function(bar)
» {
»   ##blah blah, conditions and functionality and loops and loads of curly braces here.
»   ##whatever happens in loops and conditions it sets a variable called e.g. rslt
»
»   return(rslt) ##I always have a line at the end that looks like this!
» }


Good practice. I use it in longer functions as well and in ones which become part of a package, always. Only very, very slightly slower:
library(microbenchmark)
impl <- function(x) {
  if (x == 0) {
    "foo"
  } else {
    "bar"
  }
}
expl <- function(x) {
  if (x == 0) {
    return("foo")
  } else {
    return("bar")
  }
}
braces.with.suspenders <- function(x) {
  if (x == 0) {
    res <- "foo"
  } else {
    res <- "bar"
  }
  return(res)
}
res <- microbenchmark(impl(round(runif(1), 0)),
                      expl(round(runif(1), 0)),
                      braces.with.suspenders(round(runif(1), 0)),
                      times=3000L)
print(res)

Unit: microseconds
                                      expr   min    lq     mean median    uq    max neval cld
                  impl(round(runif(1), 0)) 1.811 1.812 1.976830  1.813 2.114  5.434  3000  a
                  expl(round(runif(1), 0)) 1.811 1.812 1.976926  1.813 2.114  6.340  3000  a
braces.with.suspenders(round(runif(1), 0)) 1.811 1.812 2.027029  2.114 2.114 16.905  3000   b

Cheers,
Helmut Schütz
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