RockScience RockScience - 8 days ago 7
R Question

R: 2 functions with the same name in 2 different packages

I need to load to R packages : tseries and chron

Both have a function named is.weekend

I always have in my environment the function from the second package I loaded.

How can I access always the function from, let say, chron ?

Answer

You have probably already noticed that the order of loading the packages makes a difference, i.e. the package that gets loaded last will mask the functions in packages loaded earlier.

To specify the package that you want to use, the syntax is:

chron::is.weekend()
tseries::is.weekend()

In other words, use packagename::functionname()

In addition, if you know that you will always want to use the function in chron, you can define your own function as follows:

is.weekend <- chron::is.weekend    #EDIT
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