The article is about viewing the source code of R Method. There are different ways to view the source code of an R method or function. It will help to know how the function is working.

## Table of Contents

### Source Code of R Method (Internal Functions)

If you want to see the source code of R method or the internal function (functions from base packages), just type the name of the function at the R prompt such as;

rowMeans

### Functions or Methods from the S3 Class System

For S3 classes, the `methods`

function can be used to list the methods for a particular generic function or class.

methods(predict)

Note that “Non-Visible functions are asterisked” means that the function is not exported from its package’s namespace.

One can still view its source code via the ::: function such as

stats:::predict.lm

or by using *getAnywhere()* function, such as

getAnywhere(predict.lm)

Note that the *getAnywhere()* function is useful as you don’t need to know from which package the function or method comes from.

### Functions or Methods from the S4 Class System

The *S4* system is a newer method dispatch system and is an alternative to the S3 system. The package ‘Matrix’ is an example of *S4* function.

library(Matrix) chol2inv

The output already offers a lot of information. The *standardGeneric* is an indicator of an *S4* function. The method to see defined *S4* methods is to use *showMethods(chol2inv)*, that is;

showMethods(chol2inv)

The *getMethod* can be used to see the source code of one of the methods, such as,

getMethod ("chol2inv", "diagonalMatrix")

### View Source Code of Unexported Functions

In the case of unexported functions such as `ts.union`

, `.cbindts`

, and `.makeNamesTs`

from the stats namespace, one can view the source code of these unexported functions using the ::: operator or `getAnywhere()`

function, for example;

stats::: .makeNamesTs getAnywhere(.makeNamesTs)