How to evaluate expression given as a string in R?

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I'm want to know if R can use its eval() function to perform calculations provided by

 e.g. a string.

eval("5+5")

However, instead of 10, I get:

[1] "5+5"

Any help is highly appreciated!

Jun 7, 2018 in Data Analytics by darklord
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The eval() function evaluates an expression, but "5+5" is a string, not an expression. Use parse() with text=<string> to change the string into an expression:

> eval(parse(text="5+5"))
[1] 10
> class("5+5")
[1] "character"
> class(parse(text="5+5"))
[1] "expression"

Calling eval() invokes many behaviors, some are not immediately obvious:

> class(eval(parse(text="5+5")))
[1] "numeric"
> class(eval(parse(text="gray")))
[1] "function"
> class(eval(parse(text="blue")))
Error in eval(expr, envir, enclos) : object 'blue' not found
answered Jun 7, 2018 by DataKing99
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