RE: [Rd] Lightweight data frame class

From: Vadim Ogranovich <vograno_at_evafunds.com>
Date: Sat 27 Nov 2004 - 09:01:36 EST


Don't know whether it will suffice. Lm() was just an example. Are you going to re-write lm(), e.g. lm.zoo(), to accept lists? I am more thinking of a general purpose class that would pass wherever data.frame is expected.

Probably I need to wait until the new version of zoo comes out. At the very least it could be a good prototype for what I have in mind.

Thanks for the info,
Vadim

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-devel-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch
> [mailto:r-devel-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Gabor
> Grothendieck
> Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2004 7:42 PM
> To: r-devel@stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [Rd] Lightweight data frame class
>
> Vadim Ogranovich <vograno <at> evafunds.com> writes:
>
> :
> : Hi,
> :
> : As far as I can tell data.frame class adds two features to those of
> : lists:
> : * matrix structure via [,] and [,]<- operators (well, I
> know these are
> : actually "["(i, j, ...), not "[,]").
> : * row names attribute.
> :
> : It seems that the overhead of the support for the row names, both
> : computational and RAM-wise, is rather non-trivial. I frequently
> : subscript from a data.frame, i.e. use [,] on data frames,
> and my timing
> : shows that the equivalent list operation is about 7 times
> faster, see
> : below.
> :
> : On the other hand, at least in my usage pattern, I really
> rarely benefit
> : from the row names attribute, so as far as I am concerned
> row names is
> : just an overhead. (Of course the speed difference may be
> due to other
> : factors, the only thing I can tell is that subscripting is
> very slow in
> : data frames relative to in lists).
> :
> : I thought of writing a new class, say
> lightweight.data.frame, that would
> : be polymorphic with the existing data.frame class. The class would
> : inherit from "list" and implement [,], [,]<- operators. It
> would also
> : implement the "rownames" function that would return
> seq(nrow(x)), etc.
> : It should also implement as.data.frame to avoid the overhead of
> : conversion to a full-blown data.frame in calls like lm(y ~ x,
> : data=myLightweightDataframe).
>
> The next version of zoo (currently in
> test) supports lists in the data argument of lm and can also
> merge zoo series into a list (or to another zoo series, as it
> does now).
> Would that be a sufficient alternative?
>
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