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I'm curious to know if R can use its eval() function to perform calculations provided by e.g. a string.

This is a common case:

eval("6+6")

However, instead of 10 I get:

[1] "6+6"

Any solution?

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eval() function is used to evaluate an expression, not a string, as in your case "6+6" is a string. So to convert a string into the expression you need to use parse() with text=<string>

> eval(parse(text="6+6"))

[1] 12

> class("6+6")

[1] "character"

> class(parse(text="6+6"))

[1] "expression"

> class(eval(parse(text="6+6")))

[1] "numeric"

If you face an error in eval(), use this syntax after executing the above code:

main <- function ()

{

 returnStringValue <- "ignore"

 return (returnStringValue)

}

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