Generates a deterministic checksum for an R object

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Description

Generates a deterministic checksum for an R object such that (i) if the same object is used again, then the same checksum is obtained, and (ii) if another object is used, then a different checksum is obtained with extremely high probability. In other words, it is highly unlikely that two different objects have the same checksum.

Usage

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## Default S3 method:
getChecksum(object, ...)

Arguments

object

The object for which a checksum should be calculated.

...

Additional arguments passed to digest.

Details

Because getChecksum() is a generic function, it is possible to provide custom methods for specific classes of objects. This means that, if a certain class specifies fields that carry auxillary data, then these can be excluded from the checksum calculation. For instance, assume that all objects of class 'TimestampedObject' contain timestamps specifying when each object was created. Then a custom getChecksum() method for this class can first drop the timestamp and then call the default getChecksum() function.

Value

Returns checksum represented as a character string.

Author(s)

Henrik Bengtsson

See Also

Internally, the digest method is used to calculate the checksum.