[Rd] Aggregate factor names

From: Mike Lawrence <Mike.Lawrence_at_DAL.CA>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 12:57:55 -0300


Hi all,

A suggestion derived from discussions amongst a number of R users in my research group: set the default column names produced by aggregate () equal to the names of the objects in the list passed to the 'by' object.

ex. it is annoying to type

with(

	my.data
	,aggregate(
		my.dv

,list(
one.iv = one.iv ,another.iv = another.iv ,yet.another.iv = yet.another.iv )
,some.function
)

)

to yield a data frame with names = c
('one.iv','another.iv','yet.another.iv','x') when this seems more economical:

with(

	my.data
	,aggregate(
		my.dv

,list(
one.iv ,another.iv ,yet.another.iv )
,some.function
)

)
--
Mike Lawrence
Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University

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