Pipe an object forward into a function or call expression.

lhs %>% rhs

lhs | A value or the magrittr placeholder. |
---|---|

rhs | A function call using the magrittr semantics. |

`%>%`

with unary function calls`x %>% f`

is equivalent
to `f(x)`

(not exactly equivalent; see technical note below.)
`lhs`

as the first argument in `rhs`

call`%>%`

when multiple arguments are required
in the `rhs`

call, is to place `lhs`

as the first argument, i.e.
`x %>% f(y)`

is equivalent to `f(x, y)`

.
`lhs`

elsewhere in `rhs`

call`lhs`

to the `rhs`

call at another position than the first.
For this purpose you can use the dot (`.`

) as placeholder. For example,
`y %>% f(x, .)`

is equivalent to `f(x, y)`

and
`z %>% f(x, y, arg = .)`

is equivalent to `f(x, y, arg = z)`

.
`lhs`

is desired in the `rhs`

call in
addition to the value of `lhs`

itself, e.g. the number of rows or columns.
It is perfectly valid to use the dot placeholder several times in the `rhs`

call, but by design the behavior is slightly different when using it inside
nested function calls. In particular, if the placeholder is only used
in a nested function call, `lhs`

will also be placed as the first argument!
The reason for this is that in most use-cases this produces the most readable
code. For example, `iris %>% subset(1:nrow(.) %% 2 == 0)`

is
equivalent to `iris %>% subset(., 1:nrow(.) %% 2 == 0)`

but
slightly more compact. It is possible to overrule this behavior by enclosing
the `rhs`

in braces. For example, `1:10 %>% {c(min(.), max(.))}`

is
equivalent to `c(min(1:10), max(1:10))`

.
`%>%`

with call- or function-producing `rhs`

`rhs`

before the piping of `lhs`

takes
place. This is useful when `rhs`

produces the relevant call or function.
To evaluate `rhs`

first, enclose it in parentheses, i.e.
`a %>% (function(x) x^2)`

, and `1:10 %>% (call("sum"))`

.
Another example where this is relevant is for reference class methods
which are accessed using the `$`

operator, where one would do
`x %>% (rc$f)`

, and not `x %>% rc$f`

.
`%>%`

`rhs`

is essentially a one-expression body of a unary function.
Therefore defining lambdas in magrittr is very natural, and as
the definitions of regular functions: if more than a single expression
is needed one encloses the body in a pair of braces, `{ rhs }`

.
However, note that within braces there are no "first-argument rule":
it will be exactly like writing a unary function where the argument name is
"`.`

" (the dot).
`lhs`

`lhs`

, the result will be a functional sequence,
i.e. a function which applies the entire chain of right-hand sides in turn
to its input. See the examples.
The magrittr pipe operators use non-standard evaluation. They capture their inputs and examines them to figure out how to proceed. First a function is produced from all of the individual right-hand side expressions, and then the result is obtained by applying this function to the left-hand side. For most purposes, one can disregard the subtle aspects of magrittr's evaluation, but some functions may capture their calling environment, and thus using the operators will not be exactly equivalent to the "standard call" without pipe-operators.

Another note is that special attention is advised when using non-magrittr
operators in a pipe-chain (`+, -, $,`

etc.), as operator precedence will impact how the
chain is evaluated. In general it is advised to use the aliases provided
by magrittr.

`%<>%`

, `%T>%`

, `%$%`

# Basic use: iris %>% head#> 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#> 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 #> 7 4.6 3.4 1.4 0.3 setosa #> 8 5.0 3.4 1.5 0.2 setosa #> 9 4.4 2.9 1.4 0.2 setosa #> 10 4.9 3.1 1.5 0.1 setosa#> [1] "Ceci n'est pas un pipe"#> [1] "4D" "7G" "8H" "2B" "3C" "9I" "5E" "1A" "6F" "10J"#> [1] -3 -1 2# Lambda expressions: iris %>% { size <- sample(1:10, size = 1) rbind(head(., size), tail(., size)) }#> 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 #> 147 6.3 2.5 5.0 1.9 virginica #> 148 6.5 3.0 5.2 2.0 virginica #> 149 6.2 3.4 5.4 2.3 virginica #> 150 5.9 3.0 5.1 1.8 virginica# renaming in lambdas: iris %>% { my_data <- . size <- sample(1:10, size = 1) rbind(head(my_data, size), tail(my_data, size)) }#> 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 #> 7 4.6 3.4 1.4 0.3 setosa #> 8 5.0 3.4 1.5 0.2 setosa #> 143 5.8 2.7 5.1 1.9 virginica #> 144 6.8 3.2 5.9 2.3 virginica #> 145 6.7 3.3 5.7 2.5 virginica #> 146 6.7 3.0 5.2 2.3 virginica #> 147 6.3 2.5 5.0 1.9 virginica #> 148 6.5 3.0 5.2 2.0 virginica #> 149 6.2 3.4 5.4 2.3 virginica #> 150 5.9 3.0 5.1 1.8 virginica# Building unary functions with %>% trig_fest <- . %>% tan %>% cos %>% sin 1:10 %>% trig_fest#> [1] 0.0133878 -0.5449592 0.8359477 0.3906486 -0.8257855 0.8180174 #> [7] 0.6001744 0.7640323 0.7829771 0.7153150trig_fest(1:10)#> [1] 0.0133878 -0.5449592 0.8359477 0.3906486 -0.8257855 0.8180174 #> [7] 0.6001744 0.7640323 0.7829771 0.7153150