Re: [Rd] mydataframe$colname: using substring of colname may also (PR#7497)

From: <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed 12 Jan 2005 - 22:00:08 EST


That is the documented behaviour, not a bug!

BTW, df is the F density function.

If you want an exact match, use df[match("aa", names(df))]

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 marc@intershop.de wrote:

> Full_Name: Marc Mamin
> Version: 1.8, 2.0.0
> OS: Windows & Linux
> Submission from: (NULL) (217.17.202.254)
>
>
> Using only the beginning of a column name will match it:
>
>> aaa<-1
>> df<-as.data.frame(aaa)
>> names(df)
> [1] "aaa"
>
>> df$a
> [1] 1 !!!!!!!!! (I expect df$a to be undefind)

Where did you read that?

>> df$x
>> NULL
>
> Compare with:
>
>> df["aaa"]
> aaa
> 1 1
>
>> df["a"]
> Error in "[.data.frame"(df, "a") : undefined columns selected
>
>
> Here another example that underline how problematic this issue can be:
>
> aa1<-1
> aa2<-2
> df<-as.data.frame(aa1,aa2)
>> df$aa
> [1] 1 (only the first matching column is retrieved)

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