How to Apply the match.call() Function in R (Example Code)

This tutorial illustrates how to match function arguments using the match.call function in the R programming language.

Creation of Example Data

data(iris)                         # Example data
head(iris)
#   Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width Species
# 1          5.1         3.5          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 2          4.9         3.0          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 3          4.7         3.2          1.3         0.2  setosa
# 4          4.6         3.1          1.5         0.2  setosa
# 5          5.0         3.6          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 6          5.4         3.9          1.7         0.4  setosa

Example: Using match.call() Function to Match Arguments

match.call(sd,                     # Apply match.call function
           call("sd",
                iris$Sepal.Length))
# sd(x = c(5.1, 4.9, 4.7, 4.6, 5, 5.4, 4.6, 5, 4.4, 4.9, 5.4, 4.8, 
# 4.8, 4.3, 5.8, 5.7, 5.4, 5.1, 5.7, 5.1, 5.4, 5.1, 4.6, 5.1, 4.8, 
# 5, 5, 5.2, 5.2, 4.7, 4.8, 5.4, 5.2, 5.5, 4.9, 5, 5.5, 4.9, 4.4, 
# 5.1, 5, 4.5, 4.4, 5, 5.1, 4.8, 5.1, 4.6, 5.3, 5, 7, 6.4, 6.9, 
# 5.5, 6.5, 5.7, 6.3, 4.9, 6.6, 5.2, 5, 5.9, 6, 6.1, 5.6, 6.7, 
# 5.6, 5.8, 6.2, 5.6, 5.9, 6.1, 6.3, 6.1, 6.4, 6.6, 6.8, 6.7, 6, 
# 5.7, 5.5, 5.5, 5.8, 6, 5.4, 6, 6.7, 6.3, 5.6, 5.5, 5.5, 6.1, 
# 5.8, 5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.7, 6.2, 5.1, 5.7, 6.3, 5.8, 7.1, 6.3, 6.5, 
# 7.6, 4.9, 7.3, 6.7, 7.2, 6.5, 6.4, 6.8, 5.7, 5.8, 6.4, 6.5, 7.7, 
# 7.7, 6, 6.9, 5.6, 7.7, 6.3, 6.7, 7.2, 6.2, 6.1, 6.4, 7.2, 7.4, 
# 7.9, 6.4, 6.3, 6.1, 7.7, 6.3, 6.4, 6, 6.9, 6.7, 6.9, 5.8, 6.8, 
# 6.7, 6.7, 6.3, 6.5, 6.2, 5.9))

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