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Broom tidies a number of lists that are effectively S3 objects without a class attribute. For example, stats::optim(), svd() and interp::interp() produce consistent output, but because they do not have a class attribute, they cannot be handled by S3 dispatch.

These functions look at the elements of a list and determine if there is an appropriate tidying method to apply to the list. Those tidiers are implemented as functions of the form tidy_<function> or glance_<function> and are not exported (but they are documented!).

If no appropriate tidying method is found, they throw an error.


tidy_optim(x, ...)



A list returned from stats::optim().


Additional arguments. Not used. Needed to match generic signature only. Cautionary note: Misspelled arguments will be absorbed in ..., where they will be ignored. If the misspelled argument has a default value, the default value will be used. For example, if you pass conf.lvel = 0.9, all computation will proceed using conf.level = 0.95. Two exceptions here are:

  • tidy() methods will warn when supplied an exponentiate argument if it will be ignored.

  • augment() methods will warn when supplied a newdata argument if it will be ignored.


This function assumes that the provided objective function is a negative log-likelihood function. Results will be invalid if an incorrect function is supplied.

tidy(o) glance(o)

See also


A tibble::tibble() with columns:


The parameter being modeled.


The standard error of the regression term.


The value/estimate of the component. Results from data reshaping.

std.error is only provided as a column if the Hessian is calculated.


f <- function(x) (x[1] - 2)^2 + (x[2] - 3)^2 + (x[3] - 8)^2
o <- optim(c(1, 1, 1), f)