The yaml_agent_interrogate() function operates much like the yaml_read_agent() function (reading a pointblank YAML file and generating an agent with a validation plan in place). The key difference is that this function takes things a step further and interrogates the target table (defined by table-prep formula that is required in the YAML file). The additional auto-invocation of interrogate() uses the default options of that function. As with yaml_read_agent() the agent is returned except, this time, it has intel from the interrogation.

yaml_agent_interrogate(filename, path = NULL)



The name of the YAML file that contains fields related to an agent.


An optional path to the YAML file (combined with filename).

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if (interactive()) { # Let's go through the process of # developing an agent with a validation # plan (to be used for the data quality # analysis of the `small_table` dataset), # and then offloading that validation # plan to a pointblank YAML file; this # will later be read in as a new agent and # the target data will be interrogated # (one step) with `yaml_agent_interrogate()` # Creating an `action_levels` object is a # common workflow step when creating a # pointblank agent; we designate failure # thresholds to the `warn`, `stop`, and # `notify` states using `action_levels()` al <- action_levels( warn_at = 0.10, stop_at = 0.25, notify_at = 0.35 ) # Now create a pointblank `agent` object # and give it the `al` object (which # serves as a default for all validation # steps which can be overridden); the # data will be referenced in a `read_fn` # (a requirement for writing to YAML) agent <- create_agent( read_fn = ~small_table, label = "A simple example with the `small_table`.", actions = al ) # Then, as with any `agent` object, we # can add steps to the validation plan by # using as many validation functions as we # want agent <- agent %>% col_exists(vars(date, date_time)) %>% col_vals_regex( vars(b), regex = "[0-9]-[a-z]{3}-[0-9]{3}" ) %>% rows_distinct() %>% col_vals_gt(vars(d), value = 100) %>% col_vals_lte(vars(c), value = 5) # The agent can be written to a pointblank # YAML file with `yaml_write()` yaml_write( agent = agent, filename = "agent-small_table.yml" ) # The 'agent-small_table.yml' file is # available in the package through `system.file()` yml_file <- system.file( "yaml", "agent-small_table.yml", package = "pointblank" ) # We can view the YAML file in the console # with the `yaml_agent_string()` function yaml_agent_string(filename = yml_file) # The YAML can also be printed in the console # by supplying the agent as the input yaml_agent_string(agent = agent) # We can interrogate the data (which # is accessible through the `read_fn`) # through direct use of the YAML file # with `yaml_agent_interrogate()` agent <- yaml_agent_interrogate(filename = yml_file) class(agent) # If it's desired to only create a new # agent with the validation plan in place # (stopping short of interrogating the data), # then the `yaml_read_agent()` function # will be useful agent <- yaml_read_agent(filename = yml_file) class(agent) }