Re: [R] Simple question

From: David Winsemius <dwinsemius_at_comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:56:48 -0400

On Apr 19, 2011, at 3:19 PM, Steven Wolf wrote:

> I am trying to convert a string to a vector, and I'm stuck!
>
>
>
> Suppose you have a string of numbers (string) that you want to
> convert to a
> vector (vec). I am able to split the string turning it into a list
> by using
> strsplit, but this makes a list, which I can't seem to access the
> way that
> I'd like to (it becomes a character list of only one(?!?) element.)
>
> string<-"1,1,2,3,5,8"
>
> list<-strsplit(string,",")
>
> list # Produces this ugly output with the [[1]] crap which doesn't
> let me
> in!!!!!!!

It produces a list. To return an unlist-ed version, what else?  > unlist(list)
[1] "1" "1" "2" "3" "5" "8"

And to make it a numeric vector ... also simple:  > as.numeric(unlist(list))
[1] 1 1 2 3 5 8
 > vec <- as.numeric(unlist(list))
 > vec == c(1,1,2,3,5,8)
[1] TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE
 > all.equal(vec , c(1,1,2,3,5,8) ) # better practice with numeric values
[1] TRUE
 > identical(vec , c(1,1,2,3,5,8) )
  # will not be true in all situations where newbs think it will be [1] TRUE

-- 
David.




>
> vec<-c(1,1,2,3,5,8) # All I really want in the end
>
>
>
> (I'm reading each string from a .csv file using read.csv, so I can't
> just
> edit my way out of this as my csv file has 200 lines---and counting,
> if
> there is a more elegant way of doing this, let me know, my .csv file
> has
> other values in columns, and each string that I'm reading in has a
> different
> number of elements, so, for example, string2 might be "1,3,5,7,9" and
> string3 might be "7". My bigger problem is that I probably am not
> handling
> the data.frame object properly. In other words, I might be so bass-
> ackward
> that I'm doomed to fail without handling the original read-in
> properly. A
> sample of my .csv file looks like this:
>
>
>
> Rnum,Cnum,Pnums
>
> 1,1,"1,6,7,23,29,31,34,40,45"
>
> 1,2,"4,9,22,26,30,38,44,46,47"
>
> 1,3,"2,48"
>
> 1,4,"3,16,19,41"
>
> 1,5,"8,11,12,17,25"
>
>
>
> )
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Steven Wolf
>
>
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>
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