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These functions can be used to predefine your own reference to be used in and consequently all mo_* functions (such as mo_genus() and mo_gramstain()).

This is the fastest way to have your organisation (or analysis) specific codes picked up and translated by this package, since you don't have to bother about it again after setting it up once.


  destination = getOption("AMR_mo_source", "~/mo_source.rds")

get_mo_source(destination = getOption("AMR_mo_source", "~/mo_source.rds"))



location of your reference file, this can be any text file (comma-, tab- or pipe-separated) or an Excel file (see Details). Can also be "", NULL or FALSE to delete the reference file.


destination of the compressed data file - the default is the user's home directory.


The reference file can be a text file separated with commas (CSV) or tabs or pipes, an Excel file (either 'xls' or 'xlsx' format) or an R object file (extension '.rds'). To use an Excel file, you will need to have the readxl package installed.

set_mo_source() will check the file for validity: it must be a data.frame, must have a column named "mo" which contains values from microorganisms$mo or microorganisms$fullname and must have a reference column with your own defined values. If all tests pass, set_mo_source() will read the file into R and will ask to export it to "~/mo_source.rds". The CRAN policy disallows packages to write to the file system, although 'exceptions may be allowed in interactive sessions if the package obtains confirmation from the user'. For this reason, this function only works in interactive sessions so that the user can specifically confirm and allow that this file will be created. The destination of this file can be set with the destination argument and defaults to the user's home directory. It can also be set with the package option AMR_mo_source, e.g. options(AMR_mo_source = "my/location/file.rds").

The created compressed data file "mo_source.rds" will be used at default for MO determination (function and consequently all mo_* functions like mo_genus() and mo_gramstain()). The location and timestamp of the original file will be saved as an attribute to the compressed data file.

The function get_mo_source() will return the data set by reading "mo_source.rds" with readRDS(). If the original file has changed (by checking the location and timestamp of the original file), it will call set_mo_source() to update the data file automatically if used in an interactive session.

Reading an Excel file (.xlsx) with only one row has a size of 8-9 kB. The compressed file created with set_mo_source() will then have a size of 0.1 kB and can be read by get_mo_source() in only a couple of microseconds (millionths of a second).

How to Setup

Imagine this data on a sheet of an Excel file. The first column contains the organisation specific codes, the second column contains valid taxonomic names:

  |         A          |            B          |
1 | Organisation XYZ   | mo                    |
2 | lab_mo_ecoli       | Escherichia coli      |
3 | lab_mo_kpneumoniae | Klebsiella pneumoniae |
4 |                    |                       |

We save it as "home/me/ourcodes.xlsx". Now we have to set it as a source:

#> NOTE: Created mo_source file '/Users/me/mo_source.rds' (0.3 kB) from
#>       '/Users/me/Documents/ourcodes.xlsx' (9 kB), columns
#>       "Organisation XYZ" and "mo"

It has now created a file "~/mo_source.rds" with the contents of our Excel file. Only the first column with foreign values and the 'mo' column will be kept when creating the RDS file.

And now we can use it in our functions:"lab_mo_ecoli")
#> Class 'mo'

#> [1] "Klebsiella"

# other input values still work too"Escherichia coli", "E. coli", "lab_mo_ecoli"))
#> NOTE: Translation to one microorganism was guessed with uncertainty.
#>       Use mo_uncertainties() to review it.
#> Class 'mo'

If we edit the Excel file by, let's say, adding row 4 like this:

  |         A          |            B          |
1 | Organisation XYZ   | mo                    |
2 | lab_mo_ecoli       | Escherichia coli      |
3 | lab_mo_kpneumoniae | Klebsiella pneumoniae |
4 | lab_Staph_aureus   | Staphylococcus aureus |
5 |                    |                       |

...any new usage of an MO function in this package will update your data file:"lab_mo_ecoli")
#> NOTE: Updated mo_source file '/Users/me/mo_source.rds' (0.3 kB) from
#>       '/Users/me/Documents/ourcodes.xlsx' (9 kB), columns
#>        "Organisation XYZ" and "mo"
#> Class 'mo'

#> [1] "Staphylococcus"

To delete the reference data file, just use "", NULL or FALSE as input for set_mo_source():

#> Removed mo_source file '/Users/me/mo_source.rds'

If the original file (in the previous case an Excel file) is moved or deleted, the mo_source.rds file will be removed upon the next use of or any mo_* function.