defineEvent: Alternative way to define events in SpaDES.core

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defineEventR Documentation

Alternative way to define events in SpaDES.core


There are two ways to define what occurs during an event: defining a function called doEvent.moduleName, where moduleName is the actual module name. This approach is the original approach used in SpaDES.core, and it must have an explicit switch statement branching on eventType. The newer approach (still experimental) uses defineEvent(). Instead of creating, doEvent.moduleName(), it creates one function for each event, each with the name doEvent.moduleName.eventName. This may be a little bit cleaner, but both with still work.


defineEvent(sim, eventName = "init", code, moduleName = NULL, envir)



A simList


Character string of the desired event name to define. Default is "init"


An expression that defines the code to execute during the event. This will be captured, and pasted into a new function (doEvent.moduleName.eventName), remaining unevaluated until that new function is called.


Character string of the name of the module. If this function is used within a module, then it will try to find the module name.


An optional environment to specify where to put the resulting function. The default will place a function called doEvent.moduleName.eventName in the module function location, i.e., sim$.mods[[moduleName]]. However, if this location does not exist, then it will place it in the parent.frame(), with a message. Normally, especially, if used within SpaDES module code, this should be left missing.

See Also

defineModule(), simInit(), scheduleEvent()


sim <- simInit()

# these put the functions in the parent.frame() which is .GlobalEnv for an interactive user
defineEvent(sim, "init", moduleName = "thisTestModule", code = {
  sim <- Init(sim) # initialize
  # Now schedule some different event for "current time", i.e., will
  #   be put in the event queue to run *after* this current event is finished
  sim <- scheduleEvent(sim, time(sim), "thisTestModule", "grow")
}, envir = envir(sim))

defineEvent(sim, "grow", moduleName = "thisTestModule", code = {
  sim <- grow(sim) # grow
  # Now schedule this same event for "current time plus 1", i.e., a "loop"
  sim <- scheduleEvent(sim, time(sim) + 1, "thisTestModule", "grow") # for "time plus 1"

Init <- function(sim) {
  sim$messageToWorld <- "Now the sim has an object in it that can be accessed"
  sim$size <- 1 # initializes the size object --> this can be anything, Raster, list, whatever
  return(sim)   # returns all the things you added to sim as they are in the simList

grow <- function(sim) {
  sim$size <- sim$size + 1 # increments the size

# schedule that first "init" event
sim <- scheduleEvent(sim, 0, "thisTestModule", "init")
# Look at event queue
events(sim) # shows the "init" we just added

  # this is skipped when running in automated tests; it is fine in interactive use
  out <- spades(sim)

SpaDES.core documentation built on Nov. 10, 2023, 5:08 p.m.