Used to specify a parameter's name, value, and set a default. The min and max arguments are ignored by simInit or spades; they are for human use only. To ensure that a user cannot set parameters outside of a range of values, the module developer should use assertions in their module code.

defineParameter(name, class, default, min, max, desc, ...)

# S4 method for character,character,ANY,ANY,ANY,character
defineParameter(name, class, default, min, max, desc, ...)

# S4 method for character,character,ANY,missing,missing,character
defineParameter(name, class, default, min, max, desc, ...)

# S4 method for missing,missing,missing,missing,missing,missing
defineParameter()

Arguments

name

Character string giving the parameter name.

class

Character string giving the parameter class.

default

The default value to use when none is specified by the user. Non-standard evaluation is used for the expression.

min

With max, used to define a suitable range of values. Non-standard evaluation is used for the expression. These are not tested by simInit or spades. These are primarily for human use, i.e., to tell a module user what values the module expects.

max

With min, used to define a suitable range of values. Non-standard evaluation is used for the expression. These are not tested by simInit or spades. These are primarily for human use, i.e., to tell a module user what values the module expects.

desc

Text string providing a brief description of the parameter. If there are extra spaces or carriage returns, these will be stripped, allowing for multi-line character strings without using paste or multiple quotes.

...

A convenience that allows writing a long desc without having to use paste; any character strings after desc will be pasted together with desc.

Value

data.frame

Note

Be sure to use the correct NA type: logical (NA), integer (NA_integer_), real (NA_real_), complex (NA_complex_), or character (NA_character_). See NA.

See also

P, params for accessing these parameters in a module.

Author

Alex Chubaty and Eliot McIntire

Examples

parameters = rbind( defineParameter("lambda", "numeric", 1.23, desc = "intrinsic rate of increase"), defineParameter("P", "numeric", 0.2, 0, 1, "probability of attack"), # multi-line desc without quotes on each line -- spaces and carriage returns are stripped defineParameter("rate", "numeric", 0.2, 0, 1, "rate of arrival. This is in individuals per day. This can be modified by the user"), # multi-line desc with quotes on each line defineParameter("times", "numeric", 0.2, 0, 1, desc = "The times during the year ", "that events will occur ", "with possibility of random arrival times") ) if (FALSE) { # Create a new module, then access parameters using \code{P} tmpdir <- file.path(tempdir(), "test") checkPath(tmpdir, create = TRUE) # creates a new, "empty" module -- it has defaults for everything that is required newModule("testModule", tmpdir, open = FALSE) # Look at new module code -- see defineParameter if (interactive()) file.edit(file.path(tmpdir, "testModule", "testModule.R")) # initialize the simList mySim <- simInit(modules = "testModule", paths = list(modulePath = tmpdir)) # Access one of the parameters -- because this line is not inside a module # function, we must specify the module name. If used within a module, # we can omit the module name P(mySim, "testModule")$.useCache }