A pipeline, or a “functional sequence”, need not be applied to a left-hand side value instantly. Instead it can serve as a function definition. A pipeline where the left-most left-hand side is the magrittr placeholder (the dot
.) will thus create a function, which applies each right-hand side in sequence to its argument, e.g.
f <- . %>% abs %>% mean(na.rm = TRUE).
Three new operators are introduced for some special cases
For more information see the documentation, e.g.